Do you have fond memories of a childhood spent chasing fireflies through the dark, playing soccer in an open field, and going on family nature hikes? Sadly, many kids today don’t: They spend more time playing baseball on their Wii consoles than they do hitting the ball around at the local park, and many parents are too worried about perceived dangers lurking outside the house to let their kids head off into the woods unsupervised.
Yet an increasing body of research indicates that kids who spend time in nature are happier, healthier, and smarter than those who don’t. So, to help turn children’s attention from the computer screen to the green, the nonprofit group Nature Rocks has launched a website full of great resources for parents.
The site features maps and listings for tons of local outdoors activities all over the United States, a database of nature-oriented games suitable for every age group, and plenty of other great tips to help get kids off the couch and out the door.
Whether you’re a parent or not, you can give kids a hand by supporting Nature Rocks through shopping at eco-apparel and furnishings retailer VivaTerra, between today and December 23rd.
“We’re excited to participate in VivaTerra’s Gifts that Give Back program,” says Meighen Speiser of Nature Rocks. “Not only are the products beautiful, well made and sustainably produced, they will also now help us show more families and kids how much Nature Rocks.”
When you make your purchase, simply enter the promotion code NR0920 to save 10% on your order price, and an additional 10% will be donated to Nature Rocks to support their programs to help families connect with the natural world.
“As a working mom with two young children, I appreciate useful ideas that improve my and my family’s lives,” says Speiser. “The Nature Rocks website offers loads of easy-to-use tools, tips and over 100 fun activities like nature art, weekend camping, hiking at a nearby park or an impromptu neighborhood nature scavenger hunt. Like all parents, I want what is best for my kids. Nature Rocks helps us and all families to get out the door and enjoy fun and relaxing quality time together.”
Pick up some stocking-stuffers (and a little something for yourself) at VivaTerra today, and do your part to bring the Great Outdoors a little closer to today’s children.