Get Wild with National Park & Recreation Month!

Shane is usually a big ball of energy. From when he wakes up to when he goes to bed, he is jumping, climbing, running, dancing, you name it. If I had a fraction of the energy he had, my house would be spotless, I’d be perfectly in shape &I’d be writing ten blog posts a day. But that energy is good for him- as long as we put it to good use so he doesn’t get into trouble!

Parks

One of our favorite activities to do as a family is go to the park, but when it’s as hot as it is here, we tend to want to skip it sometimes. However, we know that the heat is manageable as long as we go after 5 or 6pm- and we always hit a park with a splash pad to really help keep cool. Shane would probably play at 2pm when it’s 113+ degrees but he’d burn his little hands &I wouldn’t want to sit and watch him, so we wait until the evening. But luckily, everyone else does too, and he usually has tons of options for playmates, who want to do everything from slide to swing to splash.

Our goal for the rest of the summer is to hit the park at least once a week, but I’ve been going 2-3 times a week for the last few weeks and hope to keep that up!

Parks are great to have and enjoy for obvious reasons, but I recently found some less-obvious reasons that were fascinating:

- Park and recreation agencies are the second largest public feeder of children, behind schools; park and recreation agencies serve approximately 560,000,000 meals to children through summer and after-school programs each year.

-It is estimated that U.S. urban park trees alone remove 75,000 tons of air pollutants annually. This translates into an economic benefit of $500 million each year.

-A 2011 study conducted on Seattle’s park and recreation system revealed that Seattle’s residents were able to save $64 million in medical costs as a result of participating in physical activity in the parks..-

-In 2010, there were approximately 455,000 local and state employees in parks and recreation according to the U.S. Census Survey of Public Employment and Payroll.

{Find fact sources & more fun facts in this PDF}

Get Wild Stacked

This month is National Park and Recreation Month! The 2012 theme is “Get Wild” and the National Recreation and Park Association {NRPA} is encouraging you to get wild by participating in whatever way suits you: whether that’s by taking the “Get Wild” pledge, attending a local event {find some on the NRPA calendar}, or just by going out & having fun at your local park!

Another fun option to celebrate “Get Wild” month is to go geocaching! I have always wanted to do this &I’m not sure if Shane is quite old enough to “get it” yet but we may have to do it anyway because I want to go!  The NRPA has a great step-by-step guide to getting started geocaching that I’ve downloaded & as extra incentive, they’re holding a contest! All you have to do to enter is stash a “Get Wild” geocache & then follow the directions listed in the “Get Wild” toolkit to be entered to win a full registration package to the 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, CA! There are also prizes for submitting your geocaching photos on Facebook- do so & you’ll be entered to win one of five Magellan GC eXplorist GPS Devices!

So however you decide to participate, make sure you go out & Get Wild!

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Note: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of National Recreation and Park Association and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. I didn’t realize that, but I had to cancel a trip to a State park yesterday. I’ll make sure to reschedule it though.Parks are fun, plus the girls are going to try to earn a Junior Ranger badge too.

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