Outdoor Fun with Discover the Forest

by - 9/13/2009

Have you observed how kids today spend more times indoors with their computer, Wii and what not, than we ever did? In fact, according to the Ad Council, the time U.S. children spend outdoors has declined 50% in the past 20 years! Research shows, that children who play outside: play more creatively; have lower stress levels; have more active imaginations; become fitter and leaner; develop stronger immune systems; have greater respect for themselves, for others, and for the environment.

The U.S. Forest Service is hoping to change this startling statistic through a PSA campaign entitled “Where the Other You Lives” with the aim to encourage today’s youth (specifically tweens aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature by experiencing it first-hand.

Discover what this campaign is all about by visiting - http://www.discovertheforest.org/. It's intended to raise awareness about the benefits of spending time in nature by allowing children to explore, use their imagination and discover new wildlife. Being in nature frees them from their crazy, scheduled days and offers the ability to get lost in something totally unmanaged, unexpected and utterly surprising. And with a healthy and curious relationship with nature, our children are more likely to feel responsible for its well-being.

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  1. I would love to go romp around in the forest- I live in downtown Chicago so that would be a true treat.


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