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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tech & trek with kids

Discover the Forest web site & contest encourage kids to get outdoors

"Why don't kids play outside more?" This is a common topic of discussion while out hiking with my adult pals. Although the distractive effects of smart phones, tablets, video games and TV always play into the banter, we have not come up with a one-size-fits-all answer. Research has shown that children who recreate outdoors are less stressed, develop rich imaginations and have fitter bodies and stronger immune systems. So, where the heck are the kids on Arizona trails? One way to use entertainment technology to encourge kids to get curious about the outdoors--and hopefully whine to go on a hike--- is to visit the Discover the Forest web site. The family-friendly, interactive site offers dozens of ideas for nature-based activities such as hiking, camping and fishing. Also, to promote the July 31st release of the woodland-centric movie The Smurfs 2, the Forest Service, Sony Pictures and Discover the Forest are conducting an "America the Blue-tiful" Instagram photo contest. Just head out into nature, snap a photo of something BLUE, tag and share for a chance to win Smurfy prizes. Contest runs through July 30, 2013.  This is not a paid endorsement.
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