This PSA campaign from the U.S. Forest Service aims to inspire tweens and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it.
Nature gives teens the ability to explore, use their imagination, discover new animals and plants, and engage in adventurous play. Being in nature frees them from their crazy, scheduled days and offers the ability to get lost in something totally unmanaged, unexpected and utterly surprising. Nature instills a peace and calmness that they can’t experience in their daily lives, and the more they discover the natural world around them, the more they will feel connected to the world and better understand their relationship to it.
Integrate the wonder of our forests into your Troop programming. Developed in tandem with the Discover the Forest PSA campaign, Finding My Forest provides tools for educators to re-connect students with nature. The site offers a downloadable curriculum and the opportunity to connect with other “forest friends.”
The forest and the outdoors are a place for adventure, learning, fun, and discovery! There are so many possibilities. It might be tough deciding where to begin. Check out these games and activities, which can help get you going. Plenty of additional learning sites available, too.