Now that school's out, kids want to lounge in front of the TV or text with friends all day. But summer is a perfect time for families to put down their technology and plug into nature. Spending time outdoors gives kids a chance to move, explore and engage in unstructured and adventurous play. They become fitter and leaner, have lower stress levels and develop stronger immune systems. They also become more creative, and have greater respect for themselves, other people, and the environment. New "Discovering Nature" PSAs remind parents and caregivers that families don't have to go far to find greenways, parks, preserves and other outdoor destinations. By visiting DiscoverTheForest.org, they can learn where to connect with nature right in their own neighborhoods.
Sponsor: U.S. Forest Service