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Sharing time outdoors is a great way for families to discover the wonders of the natural world while learning to be good stewards of the earth.

Good ideas on how to experience those outdoor adventures together can be found in Ranger Rick, the National Wildlife Federation's award-winning children's magazine, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

Expanding on what Ranger Rick has been encouraging for 40 years, the National Wildlife Federation is launching a new program as an antidote for kids with "nature deficit disorder." The Green Hour is designed to get kids away from their electronic screens and go outside everyday to connect with nature.

These outdoor adventures can promote creativity, lower stress levels, build fitter leaner bodies, inspire a sense of wonder, and instill caring and responsibility for all things wild. Green Hours can take place anywhere that provides green spaces where children can safely learn and play. Some Green Hour activities recommended by the National Wildlife Federation are:

* Go on a five senses hike
* Organize a nature scavenger hunt
* Explore a local nature trail
* Campout in the backyard
* Take a photo safari
* Put up a bird feeder and wait for visitors
* Observe a night sky
* Plant a family tree and watch it grow

Parents and caregivers can find more ideas for outdoor fun and exploration at www.greenhour.org.

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