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  • Girl in ParkEver since I was little, I always enjoyed going to local parks. Whether it was a patch of green picnic area, or a larger area with places to hike, parks have always been a great way to spend time outdoors. Best of all, parks are f-r-e-e-, which means you can have a whole afternoon of outdoor fun without any lines, expensive amusement park food, or battling parking.

    July is National Park and Recreation Month, making it a great time to get outdoors with your family. With over 12,000 publicly funded state and local parks and 20,000 parks in 100 of the largest US cities, there is sure to be one in your area. Plus studies have found that children who have easy access to a playground and are active outdoors, are more likely to have a healthy weight.

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    As part of National Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is challenging families to “Get Wild”, and to get outside and play. The NRPA also has several programs to help inspire healthy and active lifestyles for our children.

    To find out what events are happening near your home, make sure you visit the National Recreation and Park website. Not only will they have a calendar of local events across the country, but you can also take the Get Wild pledge, download the “Get Wild” toolkit, and learn about the “Get Wild” Geocaching Contest.

    The “Get Wild” Geocaching contest is a great way for you and your kids to turn into real-life treasure hunters, exploring your local parks and discovering treasure. Share your photos on the NRPA Facebook Page and you’ll be entered to win one of 5 Magellan GC eXplorist GPS Devices!

    Disclaimer: 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.

    4 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • Brooke Bumgardner says:

      I wish we had more parks in our area! I live in an area that just has a lot of small towns…’cities’ are pretty far away. My little town is very tiny (doesn’t even have stoplights lol) so we don’t have any parks. I don’t have a car right now, so I’m not able to drive to any either. Hopefully one day I’ll live in a more fun part of the country! :]

    • Jessica P. says:

      I’ve heard of Geocaching several times,but never really understood what it was. I love parks, but here in south Texas it seems like it’s rarely cool enough to want to spend time in one.:/ Walking out to the mailbox gets me overheated.lol

    • Jo-Ann Brightman says:

      I think it is very important to preserve all our parks. I didn’t know that July was National Parks & Recreation month

    • Tina says:

      I love to see parks in good condition and treated properly.

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