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Bloggin’ Mamas is sponsoring this giveaway in support of the Ad Council and the U.S. Forest Service’s “Discover the Forest” campaign celebrating the recent National Public Lands Day (September 26th).
When is the last time you took a walk in nature? The last time you put on galoshes, a hoodie, and took your little one into the forest to learn about nature, tell a spooky story, or take a time out from technology? If it was yesterday … what are you waiting for? If it’s been awhile … it’s time!
Discover the Forest #Naturehood
We would like to encourage you to enjoy your local #Naturehood and to help encourage others to do the same. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and re-connect with nature.
Does it ever seem like your kids aren’t spending nearly as much time outdoors as you did when we were little? With all of the new technologies and overscheduling of today’s world, it’s easy to forget just how close—and how important— your local forest or green space really is for your kids! There are many developmental benefits for children who spend time in nature, and it’s closer than you think.
Did you know? Children who play outside are more creative, have lower stress levels and more active imaginations. They also become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, and have greater respect for themselves and others as well as the environment.
Check Out This Cool Experiment
“A bit of back story on it: For the most part, it was a real, live experiment with kids. We really did promise that they would get to test out “the most realistic game in production,” and bussed them to a local NYC park to do so. We got to watch their reactions when they realized that the forest itself was the game!” Below is a quote from the video’s creative director that you should feel free to use: “We tricked a bunch of kids into putting down their video games by telling them that they’d be testing an even better video game. When we finally revealed that the forest itself was the game, they weren’t the least bit disappointed. As a mom, I see firsthand how stressed out kids are these days and how hard they’re pushed by school requirements and state testing. It was a pleasure to work on a project supporting getting kids out into nature which is scientifically proven to offer meaningful health benefits to these kids,” said Jill Applebaum, Creative Director.
More Cool Resources & Info
- Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood—so tell us about yours in a blog post. Here are some fall activities suggestions for your #Naturehood: http://www.discovertheforest.org/what-to-do/Visit www.DiscoverTheForest.org (www.DescubreElBosque.org) to get ideas for where to go and what to do.
- Check out this other video PSA, which involves a Kayak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0W6uzCJ5eQEnjoy some tunes while exploring your #Naturehood with these Spotify playlists:
-Evening: https://open.spotify.com/user/discovertheforest/playlist/77epKHH44gYytV9AulQnhmHelp us spread the word by sharing any of these assets: http://socialmediakit.adcouncil.org/presskit/discovertheforest2015/
And Now for the Giveaway!
One Winner will Win a $100 Amazon Giftcard!
Giveaway begins September 30th, 2015 at 12:01am EST and ends October 13th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
Open to US residents age 18 and older.
Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email.
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Disclosure: Bloggin’ Mamas is hosting this giveaway and coordinating prize fulfillment. Element Associates, The Ad Council and the US Forest Service are in no way responsible for the giveaway, and only provided the above content to be distributed in the form of a PSA.