Being outside, soaking in the fresh air, and taking in the gorgeous surroundings of nature is extremely beneficial for our mental health. When I’m having a gloomy day, going for a walk outdoors always makes me feel better. In fact, when I find my kids are getting restless and bored, a good old walk in the forest always perks them up too.
What I love best about being in the forest with the kids is the way time feels like it’s standing still. We get to listen to the sounds of the birds, and the wind rustling the leaves in the trees.
Best of all, getting in touch with nature is a free activity that the entire family can enjoy together. It’s truly an enriching experience that fosters not only my children’s imagination, but mine too! When I leave the forest, I feel inspired, and creative, ready to tackle my to-do list with calm and ease.
Sadly, the statistics show that children’s time spent outdoors is decreasing rapidly. Children are spending on average 4 or more hours per day on a mobile device or in front of the television. It’s imperative we get children outside, moving and grooving and in touch with nature, especially with the prevalence of anxiety in children and youth.
For this reason, events like the Envirokidz Ecokeepers Geocaching Treasure Hunt in the lush forest of Stanley Park, is something I’m very excited to attend with my girls.
Envirokidz wants children to get outside, and discover the world around them, with a fun treasure hunt, and chances to win some great prizes.
My girls have never geocached before, so they’re super excited to try! If you’ve never geocached before either, there will be helpers on site helping the children and families begin their treasure hunt in the forest.
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Ceperley Playground, Second Beach, Stanley Park
*The first 50 participants will win swag bags filled with EnviroKidz goodies, a trackable ladybug for geocaching and Whole Foods gift card (valued at $50). All participants will be entered into a draw to win a grand prize of $250 Whole Foods gift card and Nature’s Path gift basket.
About Envirokidz Ecokeepers Program
Envirokidz is a kids’ and family-focused brand that goes beyond feeding young tummies – it is about feeding positive change in young minds. Born out of a desire to bring delicious organic food to kids and help to empower them to make their world a better place, 1% of all Envirokidz sales support animal habitat conservation and education programs around the world.
Their ecokeepers program is about getting kids outside and discovering the world around them to develop a life-long relationship with nature. Numerous studies show that kids who spend time outdoors are:
- happier and less stressed
- see a boost in classroom performance
- have enhanced problem-solving skills and imagination
- are leaner
- can experience a reduction in ADHD symptoms, and
- better understand the need to nurture nature and how animals, plants and people are tightly connected
Free to camps and schools
Free to camps and schools, ecokeepers provides an interactive explorer activity that harnesses a kid’s natural curiosity and sense of discovery. It blends the modern day, GPS enabled treasure hunt of geocaching with the traditional explorer guidebook to document notes and pictures. There is even an e-version parents can do at home.
Learn how you can bring ecokeepers into your school, local camp or home.
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