Mommy Blog Expert: Discover the Forest Share on Instagram in Honor of National Get Outdoors Day

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Discover the Forest Share on Instagram in Honor of National Get Outdoors Day


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Summer is in full swing and warm sunshine is just calling our names -- reminding us all it's time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and PLAY, no matter how old or young. National Get Outdoors Day, celebrated earlier in June, included a series of events offering traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation, including free admission to any national park on that day for families to inspire them to explore and find a park or other natural space closer to home. Now, Discover the Forest is extending the fun and public awareness. 

In the spirit of encouraging you and your kids -- as well as friends, family, and others -- to enjoy the outdoors this summer, this organization is inviting you to share your family fun with @DiscovertheForest on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog. And to add to the excitement, they'll be posting creative forest photos and asking followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. 

DiscoverTheForest.org highlights urban forests and parks that people may not even realize are right around the corner. These “naturehoods” are just a short-drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature. In our area, there are many public parks that offer a variety of free outdoor play equipment and playgrounds that will keep kids entertained for hours. 


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Research has shown children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future. It is also great for the health of parents and everyone else to get out and follow along! 

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15 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

My kids will be outside all summer long. They love to be outside.

Stacie said...

This is a great idea! I grew up in the south in a time when pong was the big thing and smart phones meant buttons instead of rotary. I think kids need more outdoor time.

Jeanette said...

We are going all over the place with our son! So far this year we have been to South Africa, California and we will be going to Michigan! We love to explore!

Kristen Hewitt said...

Wholeheartedly agree! I love playing with the kids outside, we swim everyday, and are going to Alaska next week. Great post!

Life With Kathy said...

My girls love to be outside. I'm so glad it's summer now too. That means we can all enjoy being outside more often.

Tonya said...

We try to get the kiddos outdoors as much as possible. Nature is amazing!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I do enjoy spending time with my youngest outside. Our favorite seasons for outdoor activities are spring and summer.

Stacey said...

Love this time of year when we can be outside more! There's so much of nature to explore. We're definitely outdoors people.

Alicia said...

Thanks for sharing about this site! I'm going to check and see if there are any other forest areas around me that I don't know about. We love getting out in nature and playing and camping :)

Crystal said...

We were really good about spending our family time outdoors, but it feels like we've lost a little bit of that in the hustle & bustle recently. This is inspiring to go outside!

The Maven said...

yes!! KEEP THEM OUTSIDE. Gah! So inspriational!

Jaredamy said...

I love hiking and exploring nature. This looks like the perfect place to do so!

Ann B said...

My kids have always loved to be outside. We love to go for hikes in the woods.

Liz Mays said...

Having the kids be outside exploring, imagining and playing is so important. It was the best part of childhood!

Kelly Hutchinson said...

Being outdoors when you are a kid is so important. Sadly, I have a son with autism who is afraid of the outdoors.