Into the Woods: America Outdoors Helps Kids Experience the Great Outdoors

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Members of America Outdoors, an international association of outfitters and guides, provide a wide range of family-oriented activities that include whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and horse packing, camping, hiking, fishing trips, bike tours, and dude ranches.

Is your child spending too much time with electronic gaming? Do they need another perspective on fun and life? Members of America Outdoors, an international association of outfitters and guides, provide a wide range of family-oriented activities that include whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding and horse packing, camping, hiking, fishing trips, bike tours, and dude ranches. Trip planners and information are now available on the organization’s consumer website http://www.adventurevacation.com.

Children today are inundated with media messages, video games, cell phones and movies which can take them away from spending time playing outdoors. Statistics show that Americans now spend 90% of their time indoors. Everyone benefits from the enrichment and knowledge that comes from spending time in nature. They learn to appreciate the environment and make a connection with the natural world. Some see the wonders of Milky Way for the first time while away from the glare of city lights. Kids especially need to visit the National Parks, State Parks, and National Forests with their families to learn about the history and culture of the US and to immerse themselves in nature.

A camping trip or visit to a nearby river or forest for a family vacation is easy and memorable and teaches good values about the outdoors and environment. Using the adventurevacation.com website and reviewing information about how to plan a trip is a great place to start. Outfitters make the experience easy for first timers by helping decide which trip is appropriate for your family – one that is not too difficult but sure to engage teens that are difficult to please.

AO was established in 1990 and has members who operate in 43 states and 50 foreign countries. Their mission is the conservation and enhancement of quality outdoor experiences on America’s lands and waters. America Outdoors represents the outfitting industry and the public that the industry serves in policy-making to maintain access to recreation resources while pursuing a goal of responsible shared-use of our precious natural heritage.

For more information about how America Outdoors can help you and your children enjoy the great outdoors, visit the website or contact David Brown at 865-558-3595.

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