Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Discover the Forest: Head Outdoors This Summer!

For the past several summers, I’ve written about the USDA Forest Service’s initiative, Discover the Forest, because I think it’s so important to get kids out of the house and into the great outdoors. Now that the kids are out of school, this is a perfect time to head to a national forest, wildlife sanctuary or park. So, where do you start?

Just go to www.DiscoverTheForest.org to find…

• An excellent, easy-to-use “nature finder” tool where you can type in your zip code and find the nearest forest, park or nature sanctuary

• Lots of fun online games that will teach parents and kids interesting things about nature, such as how to identify wildlife tracks or use a compass

• Tips for parents on how to help get their kids outside and enjoying nature, including an activity book of stuff to do when outside

If you’re on Facebook, go to facebook.com/DiscoverTheForest for access to fun photos, tips, nature information and much more.

Miss America has joined forces with Discover the Forest, too! She’s made a video in which she shares her memories of spending time outdoors as a child, and talks about why you should make sure to help your kids experience nature as well. You can view the video here.

Summer’s almost over. Make this your best summer yet by taking the kids outdoors!

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