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National Wildlife’s Summer Guide

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 @ 07:07 AM Karen Hood

This summer, make a splash with outdoor activities from gardening to photography to observing wildlife in your own backyard

Dad and kids rowing  by Laurie Hardwick

This summery image was a past National Wildlife Photo Contest winner.

WE LOVE SUMMER: the longer days, the warmer temperatures, maybe even a vacation from work or school. But in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to fritter away those languid days inside, in front of a computer or TV screen. Here are some ideas to inspire you to make this summer a memorable one for you and your family:

family reading outdoors by James G March


Research shows that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier, happier and better students. Commit to spending time outside in nature with your family by taking our Be Out There pledge. You’ll get a free Summer Survival Guide.

Take a wildlife-viewing trip with NWF’s Expeditions program. Whether you want to go whale-watching in Alaska or see the famous wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, our travel program offers a chance to connect with nature on trips that have been carefully previewed and vetted to receive our stamp of approval.

Whether you’re at home or traveling around the United States, find parks, forests and other nature nearby with our handy NatureFind tool.

Don’t let excuses keep you indoors. Read about 6 common obstacles to going outside—from busy schedules to bugs—and learn how to work around them. If mosquitoes bug you, read up on how to deal with the annoying insects without harming the environment.

For more on how to get your family outside, check out our Outdoors and Family section.

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