Great Snacks, Family Time and #NatureMissions

March 18, 2017

Packing my children’s lunches can sometimes be annoying.  Not only do I have to deal with my own picky eaters and all of their “rules” but it’s also so important to be aware that nothing in their lunches is going to put any of their friends and classmates in danger.  So many snacks contain dangerous peanuts and tree nuts, and need to be excluded. and it can be hard to find nutritious snack foods I can send.
That’s why I was so happy when I came across new Nature Valley Lunch Box snacks.

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Not only are they peanut and tree nut free { and manufactured in a peanut-free facility} and feature great flavours that I know my kids will eat, they also have an amazing mission,

“Nature Valley believes there is amazing joy in nature and that nothing else has the ability to calm, energize and uplift us the way nature does. Unfortunately, recent reports suggest Canadian kids are spending too much time staring at screens, and are missing out on the wide range of benefits associated with spending time in nature. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the kids’ conservation organization Earth Rangers to promote #NatureMissions on our Nature Valley Lunch Box packaging. Each of our 30 #NatureMissions is an easy activity intended to encourage and inspire kids to get outside and rediscover nature.”

I knew that my family was going to love them. My daughters have been Earth Rangers for a few years now, along with many of their friends, and have completed some bigger challenges to help wildlife like fundraising to save little brown bats, and collecting batteries for recycling.  I loved that these smaller {snack-sized} missions would be a fun way to involve even the younger siblings, and spend some quality time as a family.

We decided to try this one,

and I knew the perfect place to find a pine cone, one of our favorite places near our house to go on nature walks.  So I packed all the kids into their snow gear, packed some snacks for us, and a few for our furry friends, and we headed out.


We were barely 5 minutes into our walk before we started to see signs of wildlife all around us. This particular park has wild turkey, ducks, birds, squirrels and bunnies to name a few. I have been trying to work with the kids on staying very still and quiet so as to not scare the wildlife away, and it wasn’t long before we were rewarded with a visitor, and then another, and then another.



We could have spent all day feeding the birds and squirrels, but we had a mission to complete so off we went in search of pine-cones.  We looked on the path, we looked off the path, we looked in the trees, and we looked on the ground, we looked under twigs and we looked behind stumps, I was starting to think that we weren’t going to be able to find any pinecones at all!
Then, my eldest came back with a huge grin on her face, she had found one.

{Thank goodness too, because I’m not sure how I would have gotten them back into the car until we did!}

I really enjoyed the Earth Ranger mission, we’ve always loved going out and enjoying nature, but having the extra element of a treasure hunt, and learning about the pine cone and the tree it came from gave our walk an extra element of fun, and education.

This March break, why not pick up a some yummy Nature Valley Lunch Box snacks and go on a #NatureMission of your own? You could also go to https://www.earthrangers.com/Nature to find even more missions.

{or create your own mission and submit it to EarthRangers.com for a chance to win Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam.}

To make it even more fun, we’ve teamed up with Nature Valley to Giveaway an awesome Earth Rangers Prize Pack to one lucky winner!
To enter, head on over to Instagram and follow the directions on the post HERE.

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