Newswise — Take time to connect with nature and enjoy the "wild life" this spring by celebrating National Wildlife Week, March 16-20. During this unique event, people of all ages will be making time to get outside with the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Watch program, by participating in environmental service projects, and by enjoying outdoor games and activities.
An easy way to participate in this week-long observation is by grabbing the family for outdoor play and adventure in green spaces. Research shows that a daily Green Hourâ„¢ improves one's physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is especially important for children who typically spend too many hours a day in front of electronic media. Families and communities connected to nature raise healthier kids and inspire a life-long appreciation for conservation.
The National Wildlife Week web site, www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek, offers resources for parents, grandparents, and educators to make spending time outdoors more fun than ever. Download free activities for the entire week, Wildlife Watch lists of plants and animals for your area of the country, and ideas for community service projects that protect local habitat.
"The activities provided like Wildlife Watch are simple and fun, and can be enjoyed anywhere there is a patch of green," says Eliza Russell, Director of Education for the National Wildlife Federation.
First observed in 1938, Wildlife Week is now part of the National Wildlife Federation's BE OUT THERE campaign, inspiring millions to get outside and enjoy the natural world. It's a great time to start a new family tradition that will result in healthier kids with a strong interest in becoming good conservation stewards.
The National Wildlife Federation inspires American's to protect wildlife for our children's future.