Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shrek Wants You and Your Kids to Get Outdoors!

This Saturday, June 12th, is National Get Outdoors Day! This special day is promoted by the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council with the purpose of encouraging kids and families to spend more time in forests and other outdoor areas. At their website,, you can find…

• An excellent “nature finder” tool that lets you simply 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, like 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 out in nature

The Ad Council and the USDA Forest Service have also partnered with DreamWorks Animation for a new series of public service announcements featuring Shrek. Watch the following awesome video with your kids:

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Today’s children spend 50% less time outdoors than they did 20 years ago. We need to change that! I hope you’ll start by visiting a forest or other natural area with your kids this Saturday. Make it an ongoing activity! And don’t forget to visit for more ideas and information.

If you’re on Twitter, check out Discover The Forest’s Twitter “spokes-animal,” Cheecker the squirrel, at, and tweet about National Get Outdoors Day using the hashtag #DiscoverNature. Or you can use the tweet below:

RT @cheecker Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day! Get out and #DiscoverNature with our site:

You can also visit their Facebook page at and access fun photos, information and tips.

1 comment:

  1. This is actually a great idea. I think it's sad that as time goes on, the children play outdoors (or do physical activities) less and less. They're rather stay indoors and play computer games, or surf the internet.


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