The Motherhood and National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement announced today the publication of a crowd-sourced e-Book written by 15 bloggers on getting kids outside, titled Be Out There: Cool Outdoor Ideas for Hot Summer Days.

Be Out There e-book cover

The e-Book, which is free and now viewable online, features crowd-sourced tips from the mom bloggers and their online communities on:

  • Balancing Screen Time with Green Time
  • Cool Activities for Hot Summer Days
  • Outdoor Time in Everyday Life
  • Nighttime Activities
  • Celebrating Special Occasions in the Great Outdoors

The Motherhood and NWF conducted a survey of social media moms in June 2012 and found that 94% of moms think kids are not spending enough time outdoors and one-third of moms feel guilty that their kids aren’t spending more time outside.

According to the mothers surveyed by The Motherhood, the biggest impediments to getting kids outside were: weather (61%), safety concerns (38%) and technology (36%).   The significant focus on weather as the number one barrier for families to outdoor time inspired the creation and publication of the e-Book.

Join us next Tuesday, August 20, at 1 p.m. ET for a Twitter party to celebrate the e-Book launch with NWF’s Be Out There movement and all of the authors!

If you have your own suggestions for outdoor fun to beat the heat, we would love to hear from you at the Twitter party or in the comments section. You can visit the e-Book authors on their blogs for more ideas:

Andrea Updyke, Li’l Kid Things

Brett Martin, This Mama Loves…

Caryn Bailey, Rockin’ Mama

Elena Sonnino, Live.Do.Grow.

Fadra Nally, All Things Fadra

Heather Hopson, Diary of a First Time Mom

Holly Ambrose, Tropic Home and Family

Jennifer Matuska, Mommy Instincts

Kimberly Coleman, Mom in the City

Louise Bishop, MomStart

Marianna Nichols, Green Mama’s Pad

Molly Balint, MommyCoddle

Nickida Stephens, Nicki’s Random Musings

Piera Jolly, Jolly Mom

Tiffany Merritt, Stuff Parents Need