AGUORA HILLS, Calif. — Pandemic restrictions left many indoor areas closed off and little for children and families to do without a screen.

A recent study published by the society for Healthcare & Research Development found more than four hours of screen time negatively impacted how well a child slept, their attention span, how they performed in school and was linked to lower physical activity in children ages six to 14 years old.

While many tried to find ways to occupy their time, one group of parents found a new path for their kids to step out into nature with Hiking Adventures With Kids Los Angeles, known as HAWKs LA. The group takes youth ages 5-16 on educational nature hikes throughout Los Angeles County.