Reconnect with nature and find forests near you at the US Forest Service’s new fun, interactive and informational website, geared towards tweens ages 8-12 years: DiscoverTheForest.org. The site 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. There are games, activities, guides and educational resources to get you and your kids outside and exploring nature together.
After playing around on the site, I think I will be using it a lot too to plan our future outdoor adventures. Last week I flew to Alaska with my husband, Danny on a 24-hour layover in Fairbanks. We enjoyed a fantastic river cruise on the Chena River together and then didn’t know what to do with ourselves. We learned too late that the Museum of the North was closing in just one hour. This museum has so much to offer, most people spend 3-4 hours walking it. If I had visited DiscovertheForest.org prior to our trip, we could’ve planned our time better and included it in our itinerary.
I’m most excited to let my seven-year-old daughter, Reagan explore the website. One of her proudest moments was earning her Junior Ranger Badge at Colorado National Monument last year. I think she’s really going to enjoy all the features the website has to offer.
Let’s get outside again and reconnect with nature… and family! Join @Cheecker and @kimorlando for a fun Twitter Party all about the great outdoors with the US Forest Service at 1 p.m ET on June 26th. Follow #DiscoverTheForest and #ForestChat to join the conversation.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TravelingMom.com, but, as always, all opinions are my own.