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Rhode Island’s Great Outdoors Pursuit

By Jeanine Silversmith

For the second year in a row, I’ve registered my family to participate in the Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit, a wonderful program designed to help families enjoy the ocean state’s recreational parks. Throughout the summer, there are 10 “pursuits” (events) involving fun outdoor activities and challenges such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and children’s games, as well as music, food, informational exhibits, raffles, and more.

RI GOPThe community-minded, nature-loving mom in me is so excited that this will help my family spend time outside this summer while meeting others. But believe it or not, the super-competitive, type-A personality I try so hard (and many times unsuccessfully) to keep hidden is also stoked. You see, the more pursuits we attend, the more points we earn. And the more points we earn, the better are our chances to win prizes.

With families as large and as close as mine and my hubby’s, summer weekends tend to get filled up pretty quickly, so I’ve already marked each of the pursuits on my calendar and I’m ready!

To play, all you need is a minimum two-member team with at least one adult and one child, 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! The game begins on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Lincoln Woods State Park. 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 four-year-old daughter, Sierra, and her two-year-old son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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