Get Outdoors for National Get Outdoors Day

Posted on May 30 2016 - 11:04am by Susan Bewley


As kids it was easy for us to spend time outdoors – to go barefoot in the grass, play in the mud, explore the wilderness. As we get older we find ourselves struggling to find the time to do the things we once loved. As adults, we may be caught up in our everyday hustle and bustle, but our kids deserve the opportunity to get out and experience the laughter and carefree fun that we once cherished.

Make the time! It is worth it – and nature is much closer than you might think. Every neighborhood has a #Naturehood. highlights urban forests and parks. These “naturehoods” are just a short drive away, making it easy for families to unplug from the daily routine and reconnect with nature.

While there are still many people living in rural areas, over 80% of Americans have chosen to move into metropolitan areas with fewer connections than ever to natural areas. But what many people may not realize – there are urban areas that offer many of the same benefits as their more rural counterpart, the national forests. Beyond the swings, slides and clearings, there are trails, trees, wildlife and water just waiting for the urban dweller.


The Ad Council and the US Forest Service will be launching a campaign to motivate families to get out and explore the outdoors. Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day and we want to encourage everyone to make the time – get up and get outside!

National Get Outdoors Day will include a series of events offering traditional and nontraditional outdoor activities across the nation. Events may include special guests like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl and free admissions to our national forests so families can experience activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and archery. Just use this simple interactive map tool to search for nearby activities. Or Visit the “Get Your Pass” section of, complete an online activity, and download a personalized pass for free entry onto federal lands and waters locations.

Research has shown that 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. According to campaign research done by Euro RSCG, 88 percent of children today say they like being in nature, and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.


You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Engage your senses, spend some quality family time and expand your imagination with some fun outdoor activities. Share your family fun on Instagram using the hashtag #ForestFotog.

And to make things a little more exciting, starting Saturday, June 11th, and running for several weeks, Discover the Forest will post a creative photo of the forest and ask followers to replicate the photo with their family and participate using #Getoutdoors16. Who doesn’t love a great scavenger hunt?


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.

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

  1. Terry Poage June 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Seems like there is a day for everything now but this is a good one.

  2. Jeffrey Massey June 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I had to In Order to Cut my Grass

  3. Paula Hogsed June 10, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    North Georgia is so beautiful, i’ve lived here for 6 years and still haven’t visited all the places I want to even in my own state! Tomorrow is picnic in the woods day!!

  4. Terry Poage June 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    This would be a good excuse for taking the day off and spending it outside.

  5. Yajaira HERNANDEZ June 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info!! I’m going to celebrate the National Get Outdoors Day with my kids.

  6. Ann June 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I’d never heard of National Get Outdoors Day until maybe 2-3 days ago. I think it’s a great idea! I only wish it was more of an ongoing sort of initiative. Perhaps one way to start might be to have one every season, or two per year? (For some context, I live in area where there are four distinct seasons. But then again, there are many who say that “Chicago has two seasons: winter and construction. :p )

  7. Jeanna Massman June 11, 2016 at 12:35 am - Reply

    We love to play outside with our grandson but it’s going to be 98 degrees tomorrow with a chance of showers.

  8. Judy Thomas June 11, 2016 at 6:10 am - Reply

    It sounds like an awesome way to get everyone outside in the fresh air 🙂 I love it!

  9. Sue M. June 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    It really is a good idea to enjoy the outdoors when you can instead of being cooped up inside all the time; I’m fortunate that I live in the San Diego area where the weather is beautiful most of the time!

  10. Sharon Moore-Smith June 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    We live taking mini-man out. We’ve started at the zoo to give him an easy area to get comfortable. Now we taken him to Griffith Park and he loves to run around.

  11. ellen beck June 14, 2016 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Every single day should be get outdoorsday! Time to set down the devices and spend time outside. So many are busy looking down and never enjoying the world around them. Get ut and enjoy yourself!

  12. Edward June 15, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    We try to spend as much time as possible outdoors doing all kinds of activities. We spend a lot of time at the beach and the kids love it.

  13. KATE SARSFIELD June 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I’m lucky enough to live in the country and the dog insists on talking me for a couple of walks every day. Bear in mind that I’m in Ireland where we can get all four seasons in one afternoon!

  14. justin tan July 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    it’s very important to go outside and explore. get in touch with the nature

  15. Cindy S. October 1, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Every day should be get outdoors day. So sad folks are so caught up in TV and electronics now.

  16. Margot C October 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    The weather is finally cooling down here again in SoCal and we can ‘get outdoors’ with gusto again!

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