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While more than 245 million Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland, U.S. children today spend more time outdoors hanging out and listening to electronic devices than taking part in nature-based activities, according to the US Forest Service.
There are many benefits to children when they are exposed to the outdoors. Children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and have greater respect for themselves and for others. Furthermore, those who spend childhood in nature are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future.
To help foster a life-long love of nature and interest in conserving natural resources, participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are teaming up to host the 6th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) on Saturday, June 8th.Show your support of our forests and outdoor lands by helping us spread the word and encouraging families to re-connect with nature! Here’s how:
About National Get Outdoors Day Events:
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, partners from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are teaming up to host a series of events across the nation. The events include special guests like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, and offer free admissions to our national forests so families can experience traditional outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and archery. Find out more at www.NationalGetOutdoorsDay.org.
Discover the Forest is a public service campaign created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council with the primary goal of inspiring kids and their parents to re-connect with nature. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it. The campaign website, www.DiscoverTheForest.org, includes an interactive tool that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks, as well as downloadable activities for them to print and take with them when they visit. The campaign also features online communities on Facebook (search Discover the Forest) and Twitter (@cheecker).