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The Green Hour

Posted Apr 22 2010 9:53am

In celebration of Earth Day, I’m pleased to announce a giveaway that will have your afternoons and weekends looking a little more green.

The Green Hour by Todd Christopher is an awesome guide to outdoor activities to participate in with your kids,  a wonderful resource that will help to encourage your family to get outdoors more often, at least an hour each day.

I think about my childhood in Minnesota often, how awesome it was to be surrounded by so many lakes and green backyards with huge maple trees that provided shade in the summer. Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, no matter what time of year.

Picking up The Green Hour brought a smile to my face every time I opened a new chapter, thinking back to all the hours I would spend outside as a child, not wanting to come in when our parents called for us at the end of a long, summer day.

Nowadays, kids are more likely to be in front of a screen of some sort (TV, computer, hand-held device) than outdoors, and Todd Christopher’s book is a gentle and lovely reminder about the importance of incorporating nature in our kid’s lives, from an early age, so they’ll grow up to be adults who spend much quality time outside.

Nature deficit, as researcher are calling it, contributes to the high rates of childhood obesity, attention deficit and media addiction. A daily dose of nature benefits our children in many ways and luckily, Christopher offers many outdoor adventure that will appeal to parents and kids.

From bug safaris to gazing at the stars, The Green Hour will inspire parents, educators and anyone who seeks a healthier lifestyle. With clear instructions for the busiest of families, this guide is full of ideas to enjoy an afternoon outside or even celebrate a birthday party with an outdoor theme.

Two readers will win a copy of The Green Hour from Shambhala Publications . Please leave a comment below about your family’s favorite outdoor adventure or a memory from your childhood nature experiences. Please include your email in the comment form (it won’t be published online but I will be able to contact you should you win). Two random winners will be selected on April 29th.

Todd Christopher is a writer, educator, producer, and creator of the National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour website. He has served as director of online media for its award-winning publications, including Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard, and Wild Animal Baby. He lives near Washington, D.C. with his family.

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