Monday, October 12, 2015

Discover the Forest $100 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway - ends Oct. 13!

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


Win a $100 Amazon Giftcard from Bloggin' Mamas. 18+ US. Ends 10-13-15. Discover the Forest and win!  

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





  • Check out this other video PSA, which involves a Kayak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0W6uzCJ5eQ
  • Enjoy some tunes while exploring your #Naturehood with these Spotify playlists:

    -Morning: https://open.spotify.com/user/discovertheforest/playlist/1LCpnzuIYUarB2jhkNFVLU
    -Day: https://open.spotify.com/user/discovertheforest/playlist/0t2QNM18L5d0y9kCiEoihr
    -Evening: https://open.spotify.com/user/discovertheforest/playlist/77epKHH44gYytV9AulQnhmHelp us spread the word by sharing any of these assets: http://socialmediakit.adcouncil.org/presskit/discovertheforest2015/

    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 Random.org and be noti­fied by email. See Give­away Tools wid­get below for full terms & conditions.


    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.


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    25 comments:

    1. There is one that is not too far. I have taken my nieces and nephews there. There is a nature cabin there as well.

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    2. Yes we have! There's a lot of forest, mountains and lakes here in Southern California. We recently took our 7 month old with us on a day hike and she loves it! We like living close to nature.

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    3. I live in the country and enjoy walking in the woods. There is a rails to trails nature trail right behind my home which is at the bottom of the mountain. You can take the trail clear to the top of the mountain,

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    4. Theres not a lot of forest around where we live, and if there was, I'd probably be too afraid to go in. But when we travel to different family members' houses, some have woods nearby we can walk through and explore. My kids love nature.

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    5. There are no forests near us. Have to take a pretty long drive to see one.

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    6. We love breathing fresh air! We often hike OC trails and have visited our closest forest, the San Bernardino National Forest... and will be going to Joshua Tree National Park this month as well!

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    7. We are new to the area, so far I have not seen any forests. We live in the city so not sure if we have any. If we do I would take my kids and explore.

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    8. there's no forest near where i live.if i could find one we would go there and have fun

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    9. We live in a forest! My kids love hiking!

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    10. We are lucky to live next to a forest and are surrounded by trees. My kids and i enjoyed the adventures in the forest. our town has a tree warden and invests time and money into conservation. We are very lucky.

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    11. The mountains are within about a 1-2 hour drive from my house. It is fun to go for a drive/hike! :)

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    12. Kimberley T. (Dunmore00@aol.com)
      YES! My back property is forest and a creek. Lots of fun to explore!

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    13. We do have a lot of trees in our area, no specific forests.

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    14. i wouldnt call it a forest but we live near a wooded area and always take kids hiking

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    15. We do have a forest nearby and have taken children when they were small and now grandkids

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    16. I don't have kids (yet) and not really a forest, but my puppy loves to chase leaves!

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    17. we live in the Mtns. so we have lots of wooded areas to explore.

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    18. There is a ravine down the road from our house and we often see hummingbirds there!

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    19. I live in Wisconsin have trees and forests all over!

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    20. We have no forests in our immediate area but we do have mountains with a lot of trees about 30 miles out of town.

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    21. I don't have any forests nearby.

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    22. Talladega National Forest is close to us.

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    23. I wouldn't really call it a forest, but we have a nearby trail within walking distance of our home. It is tree covered and is beautiful at this time of year!

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    24. My daughter lives right near a forest in Maryland sorry i don't.
      gloriawalshver@yahoo.com

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    25. We are lucky to only be a couple hours away from the Adirondacks so we go as often as we can - at least 4 camping weekends per year !!! Love being out in nature.

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