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      Kids are encouraged to get outdoors

      Kids are being urged to put down their video games and enjoy outdoor activities the Show-Me-State has to offer instead.

      The outdoors has something more to offer than just physical benefits. In the Show-Me-State, kids can explore their surroundings and learn about nature. Spending time outdoors will also help youngsters become more appreciative of the earth. Parents are encouraged to take an active role and show their children what fun can be had outdoors.

      "It's really the parents that need to urge their kids to go outside and play and spend time in the outdoors. Do that with them so that it's not only telling the kids to go outside and play, but it's showing," said Todd Sampsell, Director of the Missouri Nature Conservancy.

      Outdoor activities can include going to the playground, playing ball, or hiking and biking.