Give back to your children something they don’t even know they’ve lost…. a connection to the natural world. Start by participating in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 27th. The National Wildlife Federation’s fundraising event encourages parents and kids alike to trade screen time for green time by spending a night under the stars.
National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. This year, top NWF supporters have agreed to donate $1 for every person who participates in the Great American Campout – up to $100,000! These donations will support our ongoing efforts to protect the great outdoors for all Americans.
National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is also part of Great Outdoors Month in June, a month designated to highlight the many kinds of outdoor activities that strengthen our bonds with nature.
Take the pledge to camp – in your backyard, your neighborhood, your local parks, state parks, and national parks, cabins, RVs, treehouses… you name it! – and be a part of our nationwide event! Everyone should get outside at least once this summer and connect with nature and wildlife. The body, mind, and spirit benefits from outdoor play are well-documented and numerous and create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that will help you have a happier, healthier family.
Studies show that outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. Bottom line: spending time outside makes kids healthier and happier.
Go to www.nwf.org/Great-American-Campout to find ways to make your camping experience a fun one, including recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, campfire songs and games, nature activities, and more.