- in Non Profits
Press update | June 11th was National Get Outdoors Day! Remember how easy it was to spend time in nature growing up? Today it can seem hard to break free and get out there to share that same experience with your kids. But it’s worth it — and nature is closer than you think.
Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. To find a neighborhood park or green space near you, visit DiscoverTheForest.org. These “naturehoods” are just a short-drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature.
Populations have shifted away from rural settings to metropolitan areas, with over 80% of Americans living in cities, and with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. DiscoverTheForest.org highlights that urban forests offer many of the same benefits as national forests, but they’re right in the neighborhood. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.
Research has shown that children who play outside are less depressed, 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. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.
DiscoverTheForest.org features an interactive map tool that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks and filter by zip code and desired activities. Free outdoor activities are also available for download and printing, which you can take the next time you visit.
So, what are you waiting for? Get up and get out to Discover the Forest for yourself! #ForestFotog