Today’s post is part of “Your Green Hour Survival Guide,” a series which I hope will provide inspiration to make getting outside every day a habit.
I’d love to be impartial about this book, but I just can’t do it. That’s because since I received my copy of 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect With Your Kids a little more than a week ago, it has become my Green Hour Survival Guide bible.
It helps that the story that inspired the book is so relatable. Author Rebecca P. Cohen is a mom of two boys who wondered to herself a little more than a year ago: “What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along?”
I think I’ll let Rebecca explain her idea a little more in her own words.
15 Minutes Outside from Rebecca P. Cohen on Vimeo.
Why 15 Minutes Outside Is a Must-Have for Nature Lovers
There are several books that provide ideas for getting outside with your kids. Here’s why I especially love this one:
- The book is organized with monthly chapters that contain 365 simple and creative outdoor activities – that’s one for each day of the year!
- The ideas aren’t just simple; they’re also low- to no-cost.
- Sprinkled in throughout the book are lots of other great tips, like how to start a compost pile and top picks for things to take to the beach.
- Rebecca shares her personal experiences of being outside with her kids throughout the book, providing extra insights and a very down-to-earth read.
Of course, sometimes we like to go crazy and head outdoors with no plan at all, which 15 Minutes Outside also strongly encourages.
In addition to writing 15 Minutes Outside, Rebecca Cohen is a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There
Rebecca has been kind enough to send along an extra copy of 15 Minutes Outside for me to share with one lucky reader. (You can also purchase a copy on Amazon
To enter: Leave a comment sharing your favorite way to get outside and explore nature in your own backyard with the kids in your life. Please be sure I can find an email address for you from the profile you use to leave your comment.
The giveaway will run through midnight on Monday, March 21, 2011. The big explorer will be choosing the winner (at random). Good luck and I look forward to reading all of your ideas!
Note: I received a free copy of 15 Minutes Outside for review, but you can be sure I’ve shared my honest opinion of the product here. I encourage you to read my full disclosure policy