The Great Outdoors Pursuit

[ 5 ] May 18, 2009 |

By Jeanine Silversmith

greatoutdoorspursuitIn an effort to spend as much time outside this summer as is humanly possible, I’ve registered my family as a team in the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit, a free twelve-week contest that will have us decoding clues, discovering state parks throughout Rhode Island, and participating in fun activities and challenges–all for a chance to win prizes!

In combination with the 100 Year Anniversary of RI State Parks, this year’s RI Great Outdoors Pursuit challenge includes six guided family events and five self-guided events at state park and beach locations and runs from the last Sunday in May through the end of August. Where, you might ask? Well, that’s the fun of it. Although we know that on May 31, we’ll be enjoying a variety of activities like hiking, fishing, or participating in a scavenger hunt at Lincoln Woods State Park, we’ll have to look for clues to help us figure out which park to visit next. And the more parks we visit, the more credits we’ll receive, which increasing our odds of winning a cool prize at the grand finale event on August 23.

To play, all you need is a minimum two-member team (including one adult and one child under 18) and the desire to have a great time, all while discovering the beauty and activities in Rhode Island’s state parks and natural areas.

Don’t miss the fun! To learn more, visit the website.

Jeanine Silversmith is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature.  She loves to run, garden, bake, hike, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her 3½-year-old daughter, Sierra, and her 1-year-old son, Devin.  They live in Warwick.

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Jeanine Silversmith

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Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine also works for the RI Environmental Education Association, supporting formal and informal teachers as they create "place-based" curriculum. She loves to hike, run, garden, bake, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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  1. joe says:

    Is it like THE AMAZING RACE?

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    I am thinking of putting together a Kidoinfo team. I will find out details and post info here for those interested in participating.

  3. erin goodman says:

    what fun! thank you so much for sharing this!!!

  4. Well, it’s different from The Amazing Race because teams aren’t competing against each other. The more parks you visit and days you participate, the greater the chances of you winning a prize. Check out the rules at http://www.riparks.com/RIOutdoorsPursuit/Gamerules.htm It was started to encourage people to visit our state parks more and to enjoy more time in nature.

    I’ll be there with my own family. We’re Team RI Families in Nature.

  5. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Self Guided Locations

    Camp Cronan, Narragansett

    Roger Williams National Park, Providence

    Durfee Hill, Chepachet

    Beavertail State Park, Jamestown

    Lafayette Fish Hatchery – June 20, 2009 10:00am to 2:00pm

    DEM Forestry Fire Tower – June 13, 2009 10:00am to 2:00pm

    http://www.riparks.com/RIOutdoorsPursuit/SelfGuided.htm

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