Discover the Forest is an awesome new website and campaign designed to help inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature by learning more about it and most importantly by experiencing it first-hand.
The campaign, a joint partnership of Finding My Forest, The Forest Service (of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) and The Ad Council, offers a multitude of resources for forest-curious families, including…
- Ways to get to know the forest, including benefits of nature, various forest eco-systems, conservation ideas and more.
- Tips that can get you ready to visit the forest such as what to take, how to get there, rules of the forest and more.
- A user-friendly map of where to go if you’d like to get to a forest. You can sort the map by activity too such as hiking or water
- Games and activities that can help you figure out what to do once you arrive at a forest.
- And so much more.
Back when we were kids we were really good at getting outside, even into the woods, and playing. Nowadays with stranger fears, excessive screens and a general lack of adventure, kids, not to mention whole families, need a little more help when it comes to getting out there into the world. This website is a great help and a step in the right direction.
Oh, and if you’re a teacher or homeschooling family, be sure to check out the awesome classroom minded activities Discover the Forest offers.