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Winter Wonderland in the Outdoors

It’s tempting to hibernate during the winter, but cooler months are a great time to get out and try new activities with your family.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Walk to Better Health

Editor’s Note: This post includes information from More People Walk to Better Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Getting Moving to Cleanup a Watershed

Two Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of joining the Connecticut River Watershed Council in Hartford for their annual Source to Sea Cleanup event. This year’s cleanup was one of over 2,100 similar events taking place across the country in honor of National Public Lands Day, a day devoted to restoring and conserving our treasured public lands.

See the Fall Colors at a National Forest Near You

The U.S. Forest Service has put together an online resource to help you find when the fall colors will be best at a forest near you!

Visit the 2012 Fall Colors website or call the toll-free Fall Colors Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 to help you plan your next trip to America’s great outdoors.

Celebrate the Wonders of Nature!

Editor's note: National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 280 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. Each year, millions of migrating birds use refuges as stepping stones while they fly thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes.

Doctor's Orders: Go Out and Play!

In late September, the National Park Service and several partner organizations launched Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a new initiative to promote the many health benefits of time in nature, and to connect DC area kids and families to the parks and green spaces in their communities.   

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Tomorrow, more than 170,000 people across the country are expected to celebrate National Public Lands Day – America’s largest, single-day, outdoor volunteer effort. More than 2,000 public land and water sites across the country will offer FREE admission to volunteers who give a few hours of their time to help improve and restore outdoor spaces.  

Free This Saturday: Get Out and Give Back to America’s Great Outdoors!

With the hottest months now behind us, fall is a perfect time to take advantage of sunshine, cooler temperatures, and stunning scenery.  This Saturday, September 29, you can show your appreciation for the great outdoors by taking part in National Public Lands Day. There are a couple of ways you can get involved:

Forest Service Offers Free Entrance on National Public Lands Day

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An Olympic Mom at Let’s Move! London

Ed note: This guest post was provided by Dara Torres, who competed in five Olympic games and won 12 medals for Team USA. 

My daughter Tessa and I really had such an amazing experience traveling to London together for the first week of the Olympics. Although I was hoping to be there as an athlete (having just missed making the team by nine one hundredths of a second), it was still fun to be there as a spectator.

When we talk about all the wonderful things we did over there, the one thing that stands out in both our minds was the Let's Move event put on by the First Lady and Nickelodeon.