Happy National Get Outdoors Day #GetOutdoors2016 ! Great news for parents, tweens and outdoors enthusiasts helping to inspire more Americans to spend time outside and reconnect with nature this summer thanks to the Discover the Forest campaign, a public service campaign on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council.
To honor the 9th annual National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 11, 2016, the campaign is launching a social photography contest entitled ‘Forest Photo Scavenger Hunt’ and a new Instagram spotlight series to encourage forest visitations.
What this means is that you should get out doors today! Do you know where the best forest are in your town??
Happy National Get Outdoors Day #GetOutdoors2016
The ‘Forest Photo Scavenger Hunt’ contest invites participants to respond to forest image prompts created by photography influencers. Directions from the influencers challenge their followers to recreate their own photos, taken in their own local forest, and post using the hashtag #GetOutdoors2016. Winners will be showcased across the Discover the Forest social properties and will be announced later in June.
Also on Instagram, the campaign is launching a new photo series, #ForestFotog, drawn from user photos to highlight urban forests throughout the country. Users can submit their forest photos to be spotlighted by the campaign by tagging them with the hashtag #ForestFotog.
The general population has shifted away from rural settings to metropolitan areas and now over 80% of Americans live in cities. Fortunately, families don’t have to leave the city to take their kids on an adventure to the forest. Through exploration of the forests and parks right in their neighborhoods, tweens can still feel connected to nature and ultimately create a lifelong interest in spending time in nature. Additionally, children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future.
All of these videos and social efforts will be supported on the Discover the Forest Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest profiles where you can further explore the beauty of the forest and the health benefits associated with spending time outside. To learn more about the Forest Photo Scavenger Hunt visit http://www.discovertheforest.org/photochallenge/. The campaign website, www.DiscovertheForest.org, includes a convenient forest locator (powered by Nature Find™ and GoogleMaps) which allows users to find the forest or park closest to them, interactive games and suggestions for forest activities. It is also available in Spanish at DescubreElBosque.org.
Enjoy outdoors and get out today!