As kids, it was alway so easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, to play in the mud and to explore the wilderness. Why is it that as we get older, we find ourselves struggling to find the time to do the things we once loved?!? As adults, we get caught up in our everyday hustle and bustle, but our kids deserve the opportunity to get out and experience the laughter and carefree fun that we once cherished. Make the time! It's worth it – and nature is much closer than you might think!
Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood
DiscoverTheForest.org highlights urban forests and parks. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature. While many people still living in rural areas, over 80% of Americans have chosen to move into metropolitan areas with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. But what many people may not realize is that there are urban areas that offer many of the same benefits as their more rural counterpart - the national forests! Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water are just waiting for the urban dweller.
National Get Outdoors Day (Saturday, June 11)
The Ad Council and the US Forest Service are launching a campaign to motivate families to get out
and explore the outdoors. Saturday, June 11th, is officially National Get Outdoors Day - and we want to encourage everyone to make the time to get up and go outside! National Get Outdoors Day will include a series of events offering both traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation. Events may include special guests (like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl) and free admissions to our national forests so that families can experience activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and archery.
How to participate:
- Use this simple interactive map tool to search for nearby activities
- Or, visit the “Get Your Pass” section of www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an online activity, and download a personalized pass for free entry onto federal lands and waters locations
- Share your family fun on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog
- Starting Saturday, June 11th, and running for several weeks, Discover the Forest will post a creative photo of the forest and ask followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. (Who doesn’t love a great scavenger hunt?)
Research has shown that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations! They become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature - and 79 percent wish they could spend even more time there!
You have nothing to lose by getting outdoors with your family - and everything to gain! Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with some fun outdoor activities.