2 Who am I? I have 3 boys. I love to be outside. Mom in Chapel HillTriangle Moms on MainVend RaleighI have 3 boys.I love to be outside.
3 Why Get Out? From letsmove.gov : It’s good for everyone Regular exercise in nature is proven to improve children’s physical and mental health. Outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health and lowers stress. Let’s Move Outside, administered by the Department of Interior, was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America’s great outdoors-which abound in every city, town and community. And together, these agencies oversee more than one-fifth of the nation’s land – including millions of acres of National forests, parks and trails.Kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters – and providing tips and ideas – Let’s Move Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle.Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.Why Get Out?It’s good for everyoneLittle explorers need to exploreBe a good role modelFamily bondingFamily memories
4 Ways to get goingGeocachingLetterboxingScavenger Hunts
5 GeocachingWhat is it?Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
6 Geocaching What Do I Need? Internet access GPS device Trinkets to tradeA good nameGood shoesSense of adventureGPS device:A handheld GPS deviceGPS-enabled Cell Phone
7 Geocaching How Do I Do It? Log on to Create account (free!).
15 Geocaching How Do I Do It? Log on to Create account (free!).Search for a cache.Pick your cache and get information.Load coordinates in to your GPS and go find your cache.
16 Geocaching How Do I Do It? Log on to Create account (free!).Search for a cache.Pick your cache and get information.Load coordinates in to your GPS and go find your cache.Log your cache.
17 Geocaching Tips & Tricks Last Found Date Look at Icons Read logged hunts & commentsCodes to know – TFTH, TNLNApps
18 Geocaching Other Fun Things Microcaches Virtual caches Ghost caches MinicachesLog in!
19 Geocaching Consider Planting a Cache Fun to track Be prepared for maintenance
20 Letterboxing What Is It? Letterboxing is an intriguing “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several Web sites. However, clues to finding some of the most highly-sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth. There are about 20,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox's logbook .Letterboxing is said to have started in England in 1854 when a Dartmoor National Park guide, James Perrott of Chagford, left a bottle by Cranmere Pool with his calling card in it an an invitation to those who found the bottle to add theirs. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed post card or note in the jar, hoping for them to be returned by mail by the next visitor (thus the origin of the term “letterboxing;” “letterbox” is a British term for a mailbox). This practice ended in time, however, and the current custom of using rubber stamps and visitor’s log books came into use. It caught on in the US in 1998 after an article in Smithsonian magazine.
21 Letterboxing How Do I Do It? What you need: Internet access Rubber StampInk PadSketch BookA good nameGood shoesSense of adventure
22 Letterboxing How Do I Do It? Log on to (No account needed.)
31 Letterboxing: CluesTake the red trail at Wilson park. The trail meanders up and down, and can be muddy at times.When the red and green trails intersect, go green and you will see a rail fence. Follow green trail to creek.Cross creek here and keep straight passing playground on left.At 2nd Bolin Forest II HOA sign there is a foot bridge. Cross the foot bridge and turn left.Before raised manhole #4 you will see a post on you right. With your back to the post with #12 on it.Walk straight down the path 140 steps. Always keeping the water on your left.When you reach 140 steps STOP. Turn Right and about 10 steps off trail is a spiky tree root.Chatham is tucked under left side under rock. This stamp was carved just to honor my youngest son's great imagination. Hope you enjoy.
32 Letterboxing How Do I Do It? Log on to (No account needed.)Search for a letterbox.Pick your box and get the clue.Go find your letterbox.
33 Letterboxing How Do I Do It? Log on to (No account needed.)Search for a letterbox.Pick your box and get the clue.Go find your letterbox.Stamp away. Consider logging your find.
35 Rules for Letterboxing & Geocaching Cache in/Trash OutLeave it as you found it, if not betterDon’t let “muggles” seeRespect the game (“spoilers”, planting a find)You’re going to win some and lose someShare the information
36 The Scavenger Hunt How to Nest for Less- I am Momma Hear Me Roar- Pinterestcamping/kids/scavengerhunt.htmHow to Nest for Less-nature-hunt-project/a/1341/DIYI am Momma Hear Me Roar-
37 Consider the Age What can you expect your children to do? What do they enjoy?Try it all out before committing too much.
38 The Nitty-GrittyKnow Before You GoDisastersThings to Take
39 Know Before You Go Plot your hike Know how to get there Know where to parkKnow the hoursKnow the weatherKnow when the sun goes downHave a Plan BStrollers/ Carriers
40 DisastersBathroomsFatigueThe right clothesDon’t get lost!
41 Things To Take Water Snacks or picnic Information for your hike Sunscreen & Bug SprayHatsDiaper bag?A Camera
42 Literature & Resources Your local parks & rec websiteApex CaryRaleighChapel HillCarrboroPittsboroMorrisvilleJordan Lake
43 Have Fun! Send me your feedback! Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org (also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+)