Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day With Help From National Wildlife Federation

Don’t let your outdoor time end with Get Outdoors Day.

06-08-2012 // Mary Burnette
People hiking in the woods

In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day (Saturday, June 9), the National Wildlife Federation provides a host of outdoor resources guaranteed to get Americans outside and connecting with nature.

Looking for the best place to enjoy a day with Mother Nature? Go to NWF’s NatureFind, to search for local parks, trails, nature sites and events by zip code, city or state. Exploring the outdoors couldn’t be easier because the site even includes directions and visitor ratings for each location. NWF’s Activity Guide offers up fun outdoor activities for the whole family which provide hours of fun so kids won’t even miss those electronic games and toys they are so often glued to.

“American kids nowadays spend less time outdoors than any previous generation,” says Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation president and CEO. “Not only does this negatively affect kids’ physical and mental health, but it greatly reduces the ranks of future conservation stewards.”

National Get Outdoors Day can be a great way to help reverse the nation’s “indoor childhood syndrome.” The day is jointly hosted by federal agencies, nonprofit groups and the recreation industry, with special focus on underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands. It’s being coordinated by the American Recreation Coalition and U.S. Forest Service, with help from many partners including National Wildlife Federation. At some National Get Outdoors Day events, kids will have an opportunity to learn about fishing, geocaching, camping, hiking and just taking time to enjoy being surrounded by a world of green.

To see all 130 locations hosting National Get Outdoors Day activities and find an event near you, click here. You can also get involved by volunteering or hosting a National Get Outdoors Day event.

Don’t let your outdoor time end with National Get Outdoors Day. By Presidential proclamation, June has been declared Great Outdoors Month so you can plan outdoor adventures all month long. One of the best ways to celebrate is by participating in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 23. A night under the stars will help kids understand why it’s called the GREAT outdoors.

With lots of outdoor exposure this month, it won’t be long before kids are anxious to trade some of their screen time for green time, making for a happy and healthy childhood. NWF’s Be Out There program provides a wealth of ideas for outdoor fun all year long.

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