Discover the Forest this Summer

Disclosure I was compensated for this post but my opinions are my own.

Today is officially the first day of summer.  Now is a great time to gather up the family and head outside.  If you need help finding some great new places for some outdoor adventures check out today. which features an interactive map tool that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks, and filter by zip code and desired activities. Free outdoor activities are also available for download and printing, which you can take the next time you visit.

As a mom of three active boys I don’t really need any encouragement to get my boys outside because I KNOW first hand that getting their little bodies moving in the fresh air is great for all of us.  But in case you need a few good reasons to get out to the forest, check out this info from

Research has shown that kids who spend time outdoors:

  • Demonstrate more creative/imaginative play
  • Are generally healthier
  • Have lower stress levels
  • Have greater respect for themselves and others
  • Express a greater appreciation for the environment


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