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Playing in the leaves
Get outdoors and explore the wonders of nature

With the fleeting days of summer, families love to spend as much time outdoors as possible, taking advantage of the warm weather. Time spent in nature helps you relax and get some downtime from the daily monotony of work and commute. However, it takes a lot of effort to plan an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. Where can you get ideas for family outdoor fun? At Nature Rocks, a national program aimed at encouraging families to spend time outdoors you can find activities and where you can do them.

With action-packed work and school schedules, it isn't easy to find time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature, be it you or your kids. There is so much nature has to offer to us. Playing and exploring in nature helps us reconnect with the earth and brings home the realization of how important it is to preserve the environment for our future generations.

Spending time outdoors doesn't have to involve long hours at play. Even short periods spent fishing or hiking, is fine. Hanging out amidst verdant foliage and babbling brooks is a de-stressor that television simply can't beat. Children who spend time outdoors are healthier and happier. They develop a respect for the environment and are more eager to protect it. Plus playing in nature can involve the entire family and it's free! Seems like a win-win situation.

Nature Rocks is an initiative founded by Children & Nature Network and ecoAmerica that helps a family plan an outdoor getaway. No matter if you're looking for a short activity in your own neighborhood or want to plan a weekend away, the tool enables you to do so, refining your search by location and age of kids. Depending on the age of your kids, it offers up a slew of activities ranging from gathering and identifying leaves and twigs to scavenger nature hunts. Don't let the weather play spoilsport with your plans. Nature Rocks has a solution for every season. You can even find nature events to go to.

With all the goodness of nature and an easy nature planner tool to help you, getting outdoors is as easy as 1-2-3!

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