Discover the Forest $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Posted on Oct 1 2015 - 9:34am by Susan Bewley

I am shar­ing this post as part of a Blog­gin’ Mamas Social Good Cam­paign, and was not com­pen­sated for doing so.

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Bloggin’ Mamas is sponsoring this giveaway in support of the Ad Council and the U.S. Forest Service’s “Discover the Forest” campaign celebrating the recent National Public Lands Day (September 26th).

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.

Check Out This Cool Experiment

“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.

More Cool Resources & Info

  • Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood—so tell us about yours in a blog post. Here are some fall activities suggestions for your #Naturehood: ( to get ideas for where to go and what to do.
  • Check out this other video PSA, which involves a Kayak: some tunes while exploring your #Naturehood with these Spotify playlists:
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    And Now for the Giveaway!

    One Win­ner will Win a $100 Ama­zon Gift­card!

    Give­away begins Sep­tem­ber 30th, 2015 at 12:01am EST and ends Octo­ber 13th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
    Open to US res­i­dents age 18 and older.
    Win­ner will be selected by and be noti­fied by email.
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    Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is host­ing this give­away and coor­di­nat­ing prize ful­fill­ment. Ele­ment Asso­ciates, The Ad Coun­cil and the US Forest Service are in no way respon­si­ble for the give­away, and only pro­vided the above con­tent to be dis­trib­uted in the form of a PSA.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

54 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Donna A. October 1, 2015 at 10:11 am -

    We have forests all around us. We live in the mountains. lol

  2. Lindsey L October 1, 2015 at 10:18 am -

    We have tons of woods behind our home!

  3. MaryAnne October 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm -

    Our home in in the woods, the driveway is a circle through the woods and I gotta tell ya, if I were a kid, it would be SO much fun! As an adult, kinda really tired of the critters and creepy crawlies LOL

  4. sandra October 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm -

    we don’t really have nearby forests. I don’t think we’ve explored any either.

  5. jessica October 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm -

    My family takes day trips to miur woods in our area.

  6. Rennie D October 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm -

    I live in the great state of Oregon so yes we have forest a plenty & I have definitely taken my kiddos out to the many beautiful woodsy areas here.

  7. Crystal Ward October 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm -

    Lots of wooded area near my house, but I love heading out on hiking trails to explore forests, too!

  8. Leslie Fantauzzi October 2, 2015 at 7:25 am -

    I live in Alaska, my kids are grown and gone. But after that wonderful blog review, I am definitely thinking of fun ways to get out and enjoy the forests. Maybe I will even borrow some kids to enjoy the forests with.

  9. sherry butcher October 2, 2015 at 7:26 am -

    no none here

  10. Donna October 2, 2015 at 7:37 am -

    We live in the country so being in the forest is as natural as breathing. We love living here.

  11. Denise E. October 2, 2015 at 7:39 am -

    My children are all grown, but years ago we used to take them to my in-laws’ cabin in the Nicolet National Forest. It was a very memorable time.

  12. Megan Peck October 2, 2015 at 7:54 am -

    We are surrounded by woods and my girls love exploring the trails. We also live by the lake. Lots to do outdoors.

  13. Jen S. October 2, 2015 at 8:24 am -

    There is a bog near my home that is a state park and we spend A LOT of time there hiking and just enjoying nature.

  14. Anne Burner October 2, 2015 at 9:11 am -

    No forests in San Antonio. But there are a few parks around that have quite a few trees in them. None near me, sadly.

  15. Monica Nuss October 2, 2015 at 9:52 am -

    No, I do not have a forest near me and have never taken my kids to one, though I would like to

  16. katherine tino October 2, 2015 at 10:14 am -

    I love in the desert, no forests here. But, my kids have explored Red Rock.

  17. Kathy Stahlman October 2, 2015 at 10:23 am -

    I don’t have a forest near me, but I grew up in the woods. I have also visited many national forests. There’s no experience like it.

  18. beverly paquin October 2, 2015 at 10:53 am -

    we live in the forest and raised our children here.

  19. sue v October 2, 2015 at 11:03 am -

    yes.. we live in New Hampshire.. lots of woods around us.. we love to hike with our kids

  20. Gail l Mcmurray October 2, 2015 at 11:13 am -

    No the forest is not close, we have to drive to the San Bernardino forest, I love to go up for a great walk.

  21. Pam C. October 2, 2015 at 11:59 am -

    Well, we have a forest beside our home with a lot of trees, mostly pines, but there are a few others. Yes, we have taken walks and worked on identifications, plus.

  22. Amy W. October 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm -

    We like going to Cooks Forest. It’s a drive but we enjoy it.

  23. Tawny October 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm -

    There is no forest for at least 200 miles from here. However, we have woods right beside us and down our street. We admire them from afar because we can’t get on their properties. We do go to our friend’s house often, where she has a wooded area, and we soak up the atmosphere for as long as she lets us stay. It reminds me so much of growing up. We also have a lot of trees on our property, which we enjoy, as well as our cat loving to climb the trees. Lots of fun.

  24. Rita Leonard October 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm -

    No forests near my home but I do have a large park where I used to take my kids to enjoy the area

  25. Ann Cluck October 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm -

    We have woods around us and a family of deer live there. They are safe and secure. I have no children to take to the woods.

  26. Charles Goode October 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm -

    We my daughters was little we would go the forest be hide own home and to Great Smoky Mountains

  27. Gail October 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm -

    we live in bicycling distance to Pisgah National Forest and driving to SHining Rock Wilderness, the Great Smokies, Nantahala, Joyce Kilmer,The Appalachian Trail…so we have spent many hours camping and exploring in the woods. The kids grew up thinking this is what EVERY family did for fun. As a result, they introduced many others to the joys of the forest.

  28. Jeri October 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm -

    Queens in NYC doesn’t have any forests, but there are trees and parks everywhere. Half the neighborhoods are even named after trees. People are always surprised the first time they come here.

  29. sherri crawford October 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm -

    we do have some woods nearby but have taken then camping for years

  30. Leslie S. October 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm -

    We have several large wooded areas near us. The kids used to love to go hiking there with me when they were young. I used to tease them that they were addicted to trees in any form because their two favorite places were the woods and the library. 🙂

  31. Jenny Dauksa Schaber October 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm -

    No forests real close.

  32. Shannon L. Barlow October 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm -

    When I was a lil kid, we use to go up to NH n VT to visit family. They are in the woods lol. Now that I’m an adult, I live in the woods in VT and my kids were brought up here. This is the best place ever. I couldn’t live in a city. I have to be with nature, not smog and gross stuff like that.

  33. Kathleen Downes October 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm -

    We recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and we have forest all around us. It’s wonderful. We love taking walks in the forest.

  34. Elena Vo October 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm -

    We don’t have any forests where I live. But if we do travel to an area with forests, we will be sure to go!

  35. Ashley C October 2, 2015 at 11:26 pm -

    There’s woods all around my house. No kids. But, I wouldn’t go in the woods unless I absolutely had to. Too many hunters around here and besides the woods are tick infested. Not something I’m willing to deal with.

  36. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) October 3, 2015 at 1:10 am -

    We had forest area where we used to live. In fact, for a while we lived in a forest. Now we live by the Gulf and we go looking for water creatures.

  37. sarah k October 3, 2015 at 1:35 am -

    There are some state parks by us that have some forested areas that are nice to visit.

  38. Kara Marks October 3, 2015 at 2:37 am -

    We live in the city of Tulsa, so there are no forests super-close, but lots of parks and some hiking trails. My son likes to travel around OK, TX and Arkansas doing genealogy research and locating and photographing properties our ancestors owned, including some that are outside towns, rural and very woods-like. We’ve been able to take my grandson w/ us exploring. When my sons were young, we lived in a nice development that was still “in the country” and we hiked trails a lot back then!

  39. Jen Haile October 3, 2015 at 3:15 am -

    No, it takes at least an hour or two to find anything remotely like a forest here. I’ve taken my kids to Yosemite and the California redwoods.

  40. Anita Duvall October 3, 2015 at 6:01 am -

    We have lots of forests around us here in Arkansas so we have the chance to visit often.

  41. Mia Fitzgerald October 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm -

    Unfortunately, there aren’t any forest near my home.

  42. Rachel Mauffray October 4, 2015 at 6:14 pm -

    I have a forest behind my house. I have taken my family for walks there many times.

  43. Debbie B October 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm -

    there are no forests near me

  44. Keri Justice October 5, 2015 at 9:46 am -

    We are lucky to live near the hocking hills in Ohio. We have lots of forests and it’s beautiful here.

  45. Judy Bradley October 5, 2015 at 1:50 pm -

    When my children were still home, we loved to visit the woods. We went through the Redwood National Forest and it was really great! As an adult, my favorite places to visit are forests and national parks – especially on the Olympic Peninsula.

  46. Krista Smith October 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm -

    We have lots of wooded areas – we love to go hiking and exploring in them with our 5 year old daughter!

  47. Jessica Fortner October 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm -

    We are in the Bay Area, CA so for us is more beach time, not forest time. 🙂

  48. Lewis F October 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm -

    There’s trees nearby. Don’t know if it qualifies as a forest. It’s not really a place for walking.

  49. Christina Higgins October 7, 2015 at 9:55 am -

    We have a fair amount of wooded areas around us, our kids love spending time out there!

  50. mary ballerin October 7, 2015 at 9:55 am -

    no forest, no kids here

  51. tamie w October 9, 2015 at 8:31 am -

    parvin state park

  52. BerkeleyHapa October 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm -

    When I was growing up, family vacations were always to go to National Forests or parks, like Yosemite. My Mom and Dad would take all 5 of us kids and we would camp and back-pack. This was years before you ever saw kids back-packing. My Dad would even take us up mountains; if there were no trails (Mt. Whitney and Half-Dome), he would find a way to get up the peak (South Teton or Mt. Lyell in Yosemite). So I think this is a great cause!

  53. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) October 10, 2015 at 4:45 am -

    Its technically not a forest but we do have a heavily wooded area behind our house. We go exploring back there all the time as it leads to a river.

  54. Tammy Schweitzer Catterton October 12, 2015 at 11:56 am -

    we have too drive too the forest here living in the desert .