The amount of time U.S. children spend outdoors has declined 50% in the past 20 years, according to the Ad Council. The Forest Service is hoping to change this startling statistic through a PSA project entitled “Where the Other You Lives” that encourages tweens and their parents to re-connect with the great outdoors. As a mom of a tween, I couldn’t be more excited about this PSA. Ashley and I both love the outdoors, and this new campaign enforces the importance of spending time together outside. And, not only that, but I can encourage my younger kids to enjoy the outdoors just as much as Gene, Ashley, and I do.
The Forest Service and the Ad Council created a microsite where you can find local parks and pick up ideas on what to do on an outdoor adventure (leaf rubs, tracking animals, learning to use a compass). It’s so important that our kids learn about, understand and spend time in nature. With a healthy and curious relationship with the world around them, our children are more likely to feel responsible for its well-being. The website is awesome! It’s totally interactive, exciting, and fun to explore.
When we lived in Ohio, we were seconds away from a Forest Preserve. We would take walks there all the time. It was so nice to just get away for a little while and soak in all the beauty around us. Now that we’re in Georgia, there are tons of parks, forests, hiking paths, and so much more. And thanks to this website, I’ve found several more forests that I didn’t even know about! I can’t wait to go visit them!
Take a few minutes to watch this video:
Discover the Forest
Then, visit the website and find a park or forest near you. After that, it’s time to hit the outdoors and see the beauty of God’s creation! You never know what you’ll find!