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Get Outdoors! OC – Giveaway

Get Outdoors! OC – Giveaway

It’s growing. There’s a movement to get kids and families playing outdoors and connecting to nature.

We know eating healthy is good for us. Do we always do it? No. We know exercise is the key to good health. Are we all faithful to our daily workout regimen? No.

It sounds silly to say: “Kids need to play and learn in nature.” Just like most of us defy the “eat right” and “get exercise” directives, we’re failing our kids when it comes to outdoor time. Children need to play outdoors and they are NOT getting enough of it.

It’s why Richard Louv wrote his landmark book, The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and started the Children and Nature Network.  It’s why the United States has a No Child Left Inside movement and why lack of play and nature-based activities is becoming a global issue. California, and other states, even created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights that includes:

  • Explore nature
  • Splash in the water
  • Camp under the stars
  • Follow a trail

We are so lucky to have an entity that battles to preserve our childrens’ connections to nature — right in our OC backyard! It’s called Inside the Outdoors (ITO) and it’s administered by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE).  Although the OCDE has a hand in how the program is run, ITO is completely self-supported and receives no funding from the Department of Education. Inside the Outdoors charges a fee for their school programs, but most schools receive scholarships to attend the programs for free. The Inside the Outdoors Foundation raises the funds for the scholarships from:

  • grants,
  • donations,
  • and Inside the Outdoors merchandise sales.

Inside the Outdoors (ITO) offers four types of environmental education offerings to accomplish their mission of: Stimulating the boundless wonder children have for the natural world around them.

Over 147,000 children per year participate in their programs! Their hands-on approach crosses language barriers and learning styles.  Applying science concepts learned in the classroom to real world activities provides unmatched opportunities for kids to really connect to the subject matter.

Inside the Outdoors strives to engage students and help them become Healthier, Happier, Smarter kids and families. The Nature Scene Investigator (NSI) Guidebook has to be one of the coolest tools around to get families out exploring. Families can get the free guidebook a participating Orange County parks, libraries, and REI stores — then they find the clues at local Orange County parks and solve the NSI missions to win prizes!


GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away guidebooks to FIVE lucky families (Yes, I know they are free and encourage you to go out and pick one up for yourself. But, I’ll actually mail them to you at my own expense.)  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Winners will be selected randomly. Comments must be left between November 28th and December 1st, 2010. The book focuses on nature places in Orange County – so you’ll probably want to live nearby to enter.

Read more about the Nature Scene Investigator Guidebook. Michele also serves as a Nature Rocks Ambassador.


Thursday 2nd of December 2010

I've been trying to track down one of these since they came out. I would be thrilled to have one show up in the mail.


Monday 29th of November 2010

My daughter LOVES the great outdoors. I use your site frequently to pick new places to visit. Thanks!

Amber Kemp

Sunday 28th of November 2010

Would definitely love to win a guidebook! My lil guy loves to be outside, and we try to frequent local parks often to get outside and enjoy nature. Love your site, and thankful for your great posts! :0)


Sunday 28th of November 2010

I would love one of these guidebooks. I organize nature walks for my mom's group and am always searching for new places to take our little ones in OC.


Sunday 28th of November 2010

Hi!! Read your blog daily and enjoy it very much. I have 2 young nature explorers who love going out, hiking, playing camp and explore the outdoors as much as they can. I would like one of the guidebooks very much as it would come helpful on our weekend "Magic tree house" adventures. I grew up surrounded by nature,meddows, lakes, rivers, forests and have fond memories playing with my dolls , playing pretend. Take care, Eva & her young explorers:)

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