Summer time. A time for sun, fresh air and the great outdoors. Sadly, many of today’s children prefer to be inside their air conditioned house, enjoy the luxury of tablets and video games. While I love how technology improves our lives, it seems to bring on a negative correlation to the amount of time our children spend outdoors. When I was younger, my Mom used to tell me stories how she was kicked out of the house after breakfast and told not to return until the street lights came on. This wasn’t punishment! These was the words every child of that decade longed to hear – OUTDOOR FREEDOM!
Sadly, times have changed. In today’s world, kids are drawn to their tablets and computers rather than call of nature. I must admit, my kids do not get outdoors as much as I’d like. The problem is that after working outdoors all day at my job, I long for the coolness and shade of air conditioned house. If I’m not pushing and joining my kids outdoors, they are far less likely to take the initiative and go outside themselves.
Like me, Nature Valley believes there is amazing joy in nature and that nothing calms, energizes and uplifts us the way nature does. This summer, their goal is to get more Canadians outside! They’ve created 100 #NatureMoments for 100 days of summer to show how fun and easy it can be to get outdoors. This campaign gives Canadians no excuses as to why they can’t enjoy this beautiful country. With 100 simple activities, Canadians are challenged to do something every day for the remainder of the summer to reconnect with the parts of nature they find all around them.
Full list can be downloaded from the Nature Valley website.
Here are our Top 3 Outdoor Summer Destinations for Nature:
1.. Beach – Ontario is blessed with many different lakes, rivers and bays around the region. Whether you are in the mood for a busy beach with lots of people and activities to do or a more intimate setting with a few friends and serenity the water has to offer, the beach is the perfect spot to go!
THINGS TO DO: Collect rocks or shells, search for wild life, take nature shots,
2.. Local Parks – 83 per cent of Canadians have a park close to their home and one in five live within 250 metres of a park – yet, we’re not taking advantage of our proximity to nature! Parks are a great place to burn extra energy, catch up with or meet new friends and soak up some vitamin D.
THINGS TO DO: Exercise, tag, hide and seek, search for bugs, fly a kite,
3. Forests – With almost half of Canada’s land covered in forest, it isn’t hard to find one near you! A forest is a great way to learn about wild life around you, test out a new pair of hiking boots or search for a treasure, you are bound to find under the thick foliage of the forest.
THINGS TO DO: Geocache, hiking, search for bugs, nature shots
How do you and your family like to explore Nature?
To get you and your family inspired to get outside, we are giving a way a Nature Valley gift pack!
#WIN a Nature Valley Gift Pack (similar, but not exactly as shown above!)