Spotlight: Experience Let’s Move Outside!
Connecting Kids & Families to America’s Great Outdoors through Active Recreation
GET UP AND GO!
Part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation, Let’s Move Outside! encourages youth and families to explore America’s Great Outdoors. Studies show that kids need 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity to stay healthy and strong. Outdoor activities like walking, running, bicycling and swimming are affordable, accessible, and fun for the entire family!
Moving outside improves physical and mental health and helps all kids to reach their potential and appreciate the natural world. Research indicates that regular time in nature boosts concentration, focus and creativity — and that people who participate in outdoor activities at a young age are more likely to stay active for a lifetime.
Take a look at the video below of the First Lady speaking on the Second Anniversary of "Let's Move!"
In cities and towns across the country, public lands and waters provide unparalleled opportunities for affordable, family-friendly recreation. From rugged trails to urban rivers, and from sandy coastlines to rolling battlefields, these places are meant to be explored and enjoyed by all! So, what are you waiting for? Visit the sites below to find a public recreation site and start planning your adventure:
- National Parks
- National Wildlife Refuges
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lakes
- National Forests
- Bureau of Land Management Recreation Sites
- Bureau of Reclamation Recreation Sites
You don’t need to travel far to make outdoor activity a part of your routine. The Great Outdoors is all around us! Use the Discover the Forest locator to find the parks, trails and waterways near you.
MAKE SURE YOU
Try something new! Challenge your friends and family to learn a new activity or sport with you. If you love to swim, try paddling: if you walk a lot, try hiking or running. No matter where you live, bicycling is a great form of transportation and exercise. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Skiing, snowshoeing, fly-fishing and rock-climbing also count toward the recommended daily physical activity goals (60 minutes for kids; 30 for adults).
Capture your experience! Take photos of your family in action. Save them, display them and share them online by entering the Share the Experience photo contest.
Pay it forward! Give future generations the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors as you have. Always practice responsible habits and Leave No Trace. Volunteer your time and share your passion by participating in a service project or leading outdoor activities for others in your community.
Federal agencies offer multiple programs to teach young people about their natural and cultural history, while encouraging them to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
- Kids ages 5-12 can become a Junior Ranger at a national park or forest.
- Let’s Move Outside! Junior Ranger adds a health and fitness element to the traditional Junior Ranger program.
- Take it Outside! events and activities engage young people in outdoor recreation at Bureau of Land Management sites.
- Let's Go Outside! offers tips and resources for kids and families to connect with nature in National Wildlife Refuges.
- Be safe! Follow trail signs. Never venture out alone. Prepare for the weather: dress in layers and wear protective sun gear, including sunscreen! And when you're on the water, always wear a life jacket.
- Be responsible! Leave everything as you found it. Pack out your trash and help prevent wildfires.
- Fuel your body! Pack healthy, high-energy snacks, including fresh or dried fruits, nuts and whole grain products.
- Hydrate early and often! Bring reusable bottles with enough water for the entire family.
This year, Let’s Move Outside! agencies and their partners are hosting a series of free, outdoor recreation events across the country. Click on the links below to learn more.
- May 17-20: River Rally
- May 18: National Kids to Parks Day
- June 1: National Trails Day
- June 1-9: National Fishing & Boating Week
- June 8: National Get Outdoors Day
- June 22: Great American Backyard Campout
- June 24-27: Great Outdoors America Week
- August 25: National Park Service 97th Birthday (Fee Free Day)
- September 28: National Public Lands Day
- September 28: National Hunting & Fishing Day
- October 13-19: National Wildlife Refuge Week