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Discover The Forest $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway {US | Ends 10/13}

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Win a $100 Amazon Giftcard from Bloggin' Mamas. 18+ US. Ends 10-13-15. Discover the Forest and win!

 

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.

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32 comments

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Tim Cross October 1, 2015 - 1:06 pm

My house is actually right against conservation land, so my back yard is a forest, my daughter is still too young to go explore there though.

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Richard Brandt October 1, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Here in South Alabama, we have plenty of forest all around for them.

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Aliya Thunder October 2, 2015 - 11:04 am

We have a lot of forests around this area (Central Wisconsin). So far I haven’t taken my kids to any, but I will be making trips to the forest regularly once they can walk!

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Kathleen S. October 2, 2015 - 11:09 am

There are lots of state and county parks here in West Michigan.. the Silver Lake sand dunes area is very beautiful to see! I’ve climbed them a couple of times this year. 🙂

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Shelley October 2, 2015 - 3:52 pm

We have several nearby. We are closest to Medicine Bow forest, but our favorites are about 6 hours away… Yellowstone and Teton national forests.

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bunny butt October 2, 2015 - 10:51 pm

we dont unfortunately, a day trip or two we have gone and found one though

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Jen October 3, 2015 - 12:53 pm

We live in the Arizona desert, but we do vacation in the northern part of the state were there is forest. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Janel October 3, 2015 - 1:43 pm

I do have an apartment complex right near a forest, I go on walks in it all the time.

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Dan Denman October 3, 2015 - 4:09 pm

We are nowhere near a forest. We had a chance to do some hiking in the woods when we went on vacation.

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Kiara October 3, 2015 - 6:37 pm

No forests around where I live

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Danielle October 4, 2015 - 1:39 am

I grew up in the adirondack mountains, very pretty up there

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judy sizemore October 4, 2015 - 6:26 am

we have mountains behind my house I take my grand daughter there often she loves it

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Laura Royal October 4, 2015 - 7:57 am

I have a national park fairly close by and we love taking family trips there.

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Emily N. October 4, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Hmm, we live near a wooded area. I’m not sure if it’s considered a forest.

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amy walker October 5, 2015 - 9:49 am

I live in rural Ms, MS Delta. My kids, a cocker spaniel & a CBR, play in the woods near behind our house every chance we can!

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jody w October 5, 2015 - 1:14 pm

We are always visiting our local parks and forests to hike and enjoy the outdoors.

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Chrystal S. October 6, 2015 - 8:40 am

Two of my son’s are boy scouts so we are definitely in the forest. This weekend they will be climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire!

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Traci A October 6, 2015 - 8:55 am

I don’t have one near me but we have traveled many times and enjoyed the forest. My son and I both love hiking and exploring.

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Lisa October 7, 2015 - 5:56 pm

There are no forest anywhere near me.

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Heather Alexander October 8, 2015 - 4:59 am

We took our kids up North here in Michigan. They were amazed by how huge the trees were. Our family that lives up there had pictures of black bears right behind their cabin. They loved it.

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Jane Ritz October 8, 2015 - 4:34 pm

I grew up literally in the middle of the woods. My grandchildren get to go to the forest often.

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ellen willett October 8, 2015 - 5:30 pm

no but when i was a child i always want walking in them

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Anna Nicole D. October 9, 2015 - 6:27 pm

I don’t where I live but I grew up in Maine and have several trips there a year where we’re outside exploring the woods, hiking trails.

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Angi H October 10, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Bernheim Forest is 5 minutes from us. Sadly, I never seem to have time to go there. They have a plant sale every year that is wonderful!

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Becky VanGinkel October 11, 2015 - 10:55 am

Yes!! We pretty much live in the forest! lol We live in Northern Minnesota on Lake Superior, and are surrounded by beautiful forests. We constantly are hiking and geo caching, fishing, and taking walks with our children in the forests 🙂

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January Bennett October 11, 2015 - 2:56 pm

In the middle of Kansas… not a whole lot of forest around to explore.

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Karen Matlock October 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm

We live in Humboldt co. Ca! We visit the Redwood National parks all the time. We’re very fortunate 🙂

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Kimbrely Singh October 12, 2015 - 10:27 am

We have plenty wooded areas and parks but I don know if they are considered a forest. I always take the kids to these areas to play outdoors.

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Michaela K October 12, 2015 - 10:42 am

We have a nature preserve just a few blocks over from my home. There’s trails and fishing, lots of blue jays to watch and listen to. Right now it’s gorgeous with all the leaves changing color!

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Bfids October 12, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Lots of woods around us here in WI. Part of our yard is forest 🙂

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Beth Minyard October 13, 2015 - 11:07 am

Yes, I pretty much live in the forest and the place I live has TONS of walking trails through the woods 🙂 Love it here

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Trevor Oestreich October 13, 2015 - 11:26 pm

We don’t have forests but we got a lot of woods.

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