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Discover the Forest #Naturehood

We would like to encourage you to enjoy your local #Naturehood and to help encourage others to do the same. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and re-connect with nature.

Does it ever seem like your kids aren’t spending nearly as much time outdoors as you did when we were little? With all of the new technologies and overscheduling of today’s world, it’s easy to forget just how close—and how important— your local forest or green space really is for your kids! There are many developmental benefits for children who spend time in nature, and it’s closer than you think.

Did you know? Children who play outside are more creative, have lower stress levels and more active imaginations. They also become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, and have greater respect for themselves and others as well as the environment.

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“A bit of back story on it: For the most part, it was a real, live experiment with kids. We really did promise that they would get to test out “the most realistic game in production,” and bussed them to a local NYC park to do so. We got to watch their reactions when they realized that the forest itself was the game!” Below is a quote from the video’s creative director that you should feel free to use: “We tricked a bunch of kids into putting down their video games by telling them that they’d be testing an even better video game. When we finally revealed that the forest itself was the game, they weren’t the least bit disappointed. As a mom, I see firsthand how stressed out kids are these days and how hard they’re pushed by school requirements and state testing. It was a pleasure to work on a project supporting getting kids out into nature which is scientifically proven to offer meaningful health benefits to these kids,” said Jill Applebaum, Creative Director.

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Comments

  1. yes we have forests near us, have not gone to visit them.

  2. We have forested areas around our house.

  3. I do not have a forest around my house. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  4. We have forested areas behind our backyard area, but we don’t let my grandsons back there for fear of snakes and lots of poison ivy!

  5. steve weber says:

    We don’t have any forests in our neighborhood.. we do have some state forests about an hour away though.

  6. We don’t have forests in our area. There are some on the opposite side of the state and we hope to visit next summer.

  7. YES! We live near several in California, and we go often.

  8. We don’t have a forest nearby.

  9. We have an educational forest about 25 minutes away. We have been there a couple of times.

  10. No, we don’t live nearby any forests.

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    Yes I have forests near me and we always go for walks in them.

  12. We don’t have a forest in our neighborhood but we have some nature preserves we like to visit nearby!

  13. we have a forest in our nearby park, and we try to go as ofter as we can when the weather is nice

  14. Denise Boeger says:

    No, unfortunately we don’t live near any forests.

  15. i was surprised to find that even in vegas, there are forests 🙂 ours is centered around mt charleston. we went today! we took our art project with us and worked on it under the mountain with a fantastic view. it was great.

  16. laurie nykaza says:

    We don’t live near any forests.

  17. alicia stamm says:

    we dont have forests really in florida… but i have taken the boys on hikes in the woods many times

  18. Tracy Heyer says:

    We don’t live near a forests.

  19. We have lots of forest near us. We’ve camped in them many times.

  20. Beth Ardent says:

    We have taken the kids and gone hiking at Mt. Rainer National Forrest.

  21. I don’t have a forest near where I live.

  22. Vicki Wurgler says:

    nope we have no forest near us and have not taken the boys to discover any

  23. julie murphy says:

    We live on 80 wooded acres.

  24. Matthew Curran says:

    I was lucky enough to grow up near the Redwoods so spent my childhood crawling around some of the tallest trees around. Can’t wait to take my daughter there.

  25. Dwight Jones says:

    We live on the plains, so no forests nearby. But, we often go camping in forested areas.

  26. We do have a forest near us, we love hiking there!

  27. We have some nice hiking trails nearby. Haven’t been in years and need to go back!

  28. No forests. Only ruin, poverty, and squalor.

  29. We live in a national park so there are lots of places to explore. We haven’t taken lo much with our busy schedules but plan to now that he’s in toddler mode.

  30. Heather B says:

    There are some trails through the woods at the school by my house. We have gone and walked some of them a few times.

  31. belinda bell says:

    yes we have forest about us but we don’t go in them. There are rattlesnakes in them.

  32. I live downtown in Atlanta. no forests nearby. It is about a 15 minute drive to a nice nature preserve though.

  33. I live in Chicago and we have a lot of parks in the city. The larger ones are 60 acres. The largest forested area near my home is the Indiana Sand Dunes National Park.

  34. William Lilley says:

    I wish I had a forest nearby, I live near the beach.

  35. jessica c says:

    We don’t have any forest around but a lot of parks. We go there to explore.

  36. Nancy Dyer says:

    Yes, all around me. My kids and I love to go exploring!!

  37. Lori Pouncey says:

    Such an awesome giveaway! We do not have. forest near us but hope to one day vacation where we can visit one and educate the wee one about it. We are very much outdoor people and love mother nature 🙂

  38. i love taking them to see the forest

  39. Melissa Crisp says:

    We have an arboretum and yes my son has been. But a forest no. I live in huge city with no actual forest that I know of.

  40. Yes we have a forest near us an the kids love it 🙂

  41. Denise A. says:

    We live on 23 acres.. a lot of it is wooded and there are forests around us that we have gone hiking in. Always a nice day when you can spend it in the woods!

  42. Mikey DeGraw says:

    My wife and I were married just 20 minutes from where we live. A mile long forest opens up to a beautiful beach and lake.

  43. We have a few nature parks around us, so I try to take my little one on a nature walk everyday! I feel like it helps him better!

  44. Nicole Kotewa says:

    We just moved to vancouver wa! There are so many amazing forests out here. We’ve only explored a little but I can’t wait to see more. It’s amazing out here!

  45. We are fortunate to live in a very rural area surrounded by forests (we call them “woods” here) on all sides. My children are in the forest pretty much daily (weather permitting) and are natural nature lovers. Our state has many beautiful parks and forests that we have taken the opportunity to explore many times as well. We all love the outdoors!!

  46. Raquel Beaty says:

    We live in an area with forests all over, most of the time we would be trespassing to go into them, but there are a few land owners who let us “discover the forest.” My son helped my husband and his dad (grandpa) tap maple trees for sap this year and he likes playing in the woods when he gets a chance.

  47. No, we don’t have a forest nearby.

  48. sherry blamer says:

    We do have forest nears us we just havnt visited them yet.

  49. Yes, we have them all over around here

  50. christie lopanec says:

    we really don’t have any forests not what most of you would call forests anyway

  51. We have some safe hiking trails near enough but I’ve only taken them a few times because it’s a bit of a drive. Other than that its poison ivy and snakes.

  52. Blessed to live in s. Oregon, forests everywhere.

  53. Chasta howes says:

    Yes my daughter has been. Our home is surrounded by them

  54. Amanda Boerst says:

    We have quite a few forests around us and visit them weekly! It’s one our favorite family activities!

  55. We have a wooded backyard that we explore. No forests nearby, but lots of parks and farms!

  56. Jillian Too says:

    We have a forest in our backyard. We love to explore it.

  57. Miles Imhoff says:

    There are some forested wildlife sanctuaries nearby. I don’t have any children, but I’ve taken my parents on occasion. 😀

    God bless,
    Miles

  58. viclery soto says:

    Great post

  59. viclery soto says:

    We have forested areas around our home

  60. lissa crane says:

    We do have a forest about an hour from our home and take our children there about once a year to hike and explore!

  61. michelle jacobsen says:

    I have enjoyed going to the Anderson redwood preserves

  62. Yes, we have several forests nearby and we enjoy going to them.

  63. No forests near. We live near a big city

  64. kelly mcgrew says:

    i used to live in a rural area (the Laurel Highlands) but recently moved to the city for my job!

  65. Samantha Daleo says:

    Yes, we have a forest right behind our house. We have taken our kids as deep as is safe. There are bear and other such creatures in there that we are teaching them to respect by staying out.

  66. Linda Meranda says:

    Always! Mushroom hunting is always a great time of the year.

  67. I live in the Midwest lots of farms but not many forests. We do have several forested parks that we enjoy camping and fishing at though.

  68. jennifer howard says:

    We have forested areas around our house

  69. We have a forrest, we hike, have a picnic, take in the scenery no electronics, love the time spent with my family.

  70. Yes, a nice park where I used to take my niece and nephews.

  71. Pamela Michelle says:

    No, I live in an apartment complex.

  72. Catherine tellier says:

    Yes I have taken my child to explore our forests in the area. We have a park were I grew up called veterans park. It is near/on the Potomac River. You can walk through dirt paths and sit along the river. There is a place to go swimming and play tennis, sandpit volleyball, basketball in and outdoor , baseball fields, picnic areas and other things. Then a bit further we have A Prince William Forest Park. NATIONAL. There are different things to do there. Like camping, you can rent paddle boats, kayaks, wind surfing things, they have put put, tens courts and baseball batting cages picnic areas and more. My daughter love the first one when she was little as she got into her teens she loved going to the national park. It was so much family fun and she continued going with friends as she started driving.

  73. Rebecca D says:

    I have a conservancy near me that I take you babe on walks in

  74. I live in the country surrounded by hills a tree’s !

  75. Stephanie Shipley says:

    We do not have a forest near us. I would love to take my son to visit one though!

  76. Erica Barnes says:

    We have several nature preserves/forests in our area.

  77. Sidney King says:

    Yes! I live in the middle of nowhere!

  78. I have deer in my yard and neighborhood. Beautiful.

  79. We do not live too close to the forrest, but we did take my son camping this last summer near Yosemite. It was awesome

  80. Jeyn Miller says:

    We don’t live near any forests, but we have visited on vacation.

  81. I live in a very rural area…Surrounded by woods.

  82. Judy Schechter says:

    Yes there are forests nearby but I haven’t visited them. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  83. no there are no forests near my neighborhood

  84. Alicia Hewitt says:

    I would love to win!

  85. We have no forest in our neighborhood.

  86. Polly Hall says:

    We do not have any forests near by but we live in the woods, and my son grew up appreciating nature.

  87. I don’t have a forest nearby, however I do have a nature trail and I take my daughter on walks through it. 🙂

  88. Alexandria Truesdell says:

    We are lucky to live in a gorgeous part of Indiana where forests are everywhere. I would say we visit a forest at least once a week. Camping is a family favorite!

  89. We have woods behind our house that the kids like to explore

  90. Kathryn Hulin says:

    Yes, we have lots of forests near us. We took our daughter camping at 5 months and again at 8 months. Two different campgrounds and she enjoyed the fresh air.

  91. Trisha Burgess says:

    We have woods in our backyard and we explore them often!!

  92. Katie Bellamy says:

    We have a Nature Preserve by us so we get to go often!

  93. Yes, we hiked and discovered many trails and watersheds. There’s nothing like breathing the forest air, so sweet and fresh.

  94. Brigitte B says:

    No I live in a city and the nearest forest is hundreds of miles away. However, I do live near parks with lots of trees.

  95. We have a State Park forest nearby and it was the first place I ever brought my son hiking!

  96. Hannah Caster says:

    There’s a forested area with a dog park that we visit at least once a week! It has a really nice trail going through it.

  97. amber martinez says:

    yes, we like to visit fern forest, it not big but its beautiful and helps my guys to understand the beauty of nature

  98. Dana Matthews says:

    We don’t have a forest but we have sets of trees we call the “woods”. We have gone on nature walks in the woods closest to our home.

  99. Not a forest. More like woods.

  100. Kara Paintedone says:

    I have plenty of forests near me. My fave has to be around Cumberland Falls in ky. I love walking around there.

  101. Sheryl Policar says:

    We’re surrounded by woods

  102. We live near many National Forests. My girls love to go an discover new things out there.

  103. Yes, I live by several National Forests. Daniel Boone is just a hop away.

  104. robyn donnelly says:

    I love trees and have always felt at home around them.

  105. Always loved the forest, unfortunately it’s quite a drive

  106. There is a heavily wooded state park near my house that I love to visit!

  107. The largest forested area near my home is in Florida. Still a good place to visit.

  108. We have several forested areas not far from our home. I have actually taken my boys to a coupe of them.

  109. jill rivera says:

    We have the pine barren in central jersey my dad took me for a 3 hours canoe trip there. I took my kids also.

  110. We have farming fields all around us, but my father in law has woods behind his house and we frequently go out there to explore.

  111. There are forested areas nearby but I do not have children

  112. Hello. No, we do not have a forest near our home. My children played in the woods behind our house. Vicki

  113. We have a small forest along all the houses on our street. We love to travel down the creek and have fun.

  114. Sweet thx

  115. Bonnie Caselman says:

    I don’t have anything that I would call a forest near me. I grew up in the redwoods of California so I do miss it.

  116. Village Creek is quite a nice place 🙂

  117. Yea but they are all more like somewhat large parks that deer and coyotes live in nothing really that big though

  118. There are quite a few hiking trails nearby, but there is nothing that is really too big that you can just get lost in (which I think would be pretty cool)

  119. david lopez says:

    Everglades national park and Bahia Honda state park are both very underrated. Looking forward to visiting the Dry Tortugas soon!

  120. We have foothills right by our house to hike in. But to go to a traditional forest we have to drive a little bit.

  121. Dylan Moore says:

    I don’t have a forest near us but I do have parks nearby that I take my kids to quite often.

  122. Yes, they are all around my neighborhood area.

  123. Kayla Denton says:

    We don’t live near a forest, there are some wooded areas but the closest area is my mom’s house where we can take the kids.

  124. We live her the ocean rather than the forest, but my children have hiked in the forest and enjoyed it.

  125. Marsha Kamish says:

    There is a forest north of the city but I haven’t gotten there, yet. Forests are awesome. I’ve always wanted to live in one! So cool….

  126. Yes, we have a forest nearby that we explore but also like to travel and hike through other forests.

  127. Yes we have forest out from our house, The kids love to explore and play in it.

  128. Charlene Drake says:

    No we don’t have a forest near us, but I remember as a kid my grandparents did. My grandkids are too scared to be outside in a forest.

  129. Erin Marie says:

    We have some nice wooded areas near us that we often check out, But we like to explore at the Cabin. LOTS of woods and water to explore.

  130. Wendy Sebastian says:

    We have several forest preserves in our area, but I have not taken my child to any of them yet. We pass by though sometimes & I always tell her, “Look, it’s a forest!!” 🙂

  131. Deb Jackson says:

    We have a timber near our house and we enjoy the beautiful leaves and fun. We would love a cabin out in the midst of things.

  132. Danyel Walentin says:

    I live in Chicago so no, there are no forests near us lol. Though where I live, they try to resemble it. It’s called Forest Cove!

  133. We don’t have a forest near by, but have been planning a day trip with the kiddos to take them hiking and explore nature. Both love to be outside, so I think it would be a really great experience. Thanks for the chance to win! Julie smartsavvymama@gmail.com

  134. Julie Lamb says:

    we have a lovely forest behind our home … our kids love to explore there, it is wonderful !

  135. Yes, we have a forest behind our home! The kids love to check it out!

  136. They’re all around us in PA, we try to go whenever it’s nice on the weekend.

  137. I live in Maryland. We do have many forests near us. The kids and us adults love to go walking in them

  138. Allyson Becker says:

    I have woods behind my house. No name of course. But there are deer, and it so peaceful to watch them.

  139. No forest nearby. But we take the kids to discover nature whenever possible.

  140. a few lakes near by but no forest around our house.. thank you so much for the chance!

  141. I do not have a forest near my house. But, I do live near a nature trail and we go there often.

  142. No, we don’t live nearby any forests.

  143. We don’t live near any forests, but there are a lot of parks and trails!

  144. Bradlee Wilson says:

    Ocala National Forest! Never been though. :]

  145. Ellen Ferrari says:

    We forested in our backyard. We have a hilly area and planted lots of trees there.

  146. janette polivka says:

    um no and only in the story books lol

  147. I do! And we have gone to many! We like to hit new state parks and forests each weekend of the camping season.

  148. timothy joachim says:

    no we don’t have a forest near us, but wish we did.

  149. Erica Chaney says:

    My comment didn’t post. But we have a few wildlife parks near us in Tennessee, there all very beautiful…some even house bald eagles! 🙂

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