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A Dad’s Day Out With Mother Nature

By Kelsey Abbott |
Father’s Day is right around the corner. Do you know what you’re going to do for your dad? No need to panic. We’ve got just the thing to help you celebrate dad and the great outdoors.
Originally Published: 06/15/09

Father's Day is coming. Uh Oh...what to do, what to do?

We love our dads, but shopping for dads is notoriously difficult. Finding the perfect Father's Day gift for my dad is certainly challenging. I can either a) buy him something he'd absolutely love that's way out of my price range, b) buy him something he'll probably never use that's in my price range, c) buy him exactly what he asks for knowing that it's in my price range (usually a book) or d) go for a wild card idea.

What is this blessed wild card? A wild card is something creative, totally out of the box and often free. Sounds better than getting Dad another tie, doesn't it?

Here's an idea: Take Dad out, not on the town, but to the beach, the mountains or a park, and give each other the gift of time together with Mom (as in Mother Nature).

For inspiration, check out Nature Rocks. You can enter your zip code for a list of outdoor activities in your area or enter the time you have available and the age of the children involved for more specific ideas.

If you're near a beach, go surfing, swimming, or just play in the sand. Look for wildlife as you snorkel, SCUBA dive or kayak along the coast, bond during a strenuous hike or mountain bike ride, or go for an easy walk on a nearby nature trail.

While you're out there, you might even consider taking some time to help clean up the area. Go for what Atayne Sportswear co-founder Jeremy Litchfiels calls a "trash run" or a "butt stroll". Whether you're running on a trail, walking on a sidewalk or strolling along a sandy beach, you're bound to find litter. All litter is bound to end up somewhere where it could do a lot of damage, but cigarette butt litter, in particular, is one of the nastiest culprits. (In fact, according to Keep America Beautiful, 30% of the items collected in litter sweeps are cigarette butts.)

No matter where you walk, run, hike, swim, paddle or stroll with your dad, remember to leave nature as you found it. In the words of Chief Seattle, "Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints."

However you choose to spend your Father's Day, enjoy your bonding time with Dad and Mother Nature.

How are you greening Father's Day this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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