Into the Great Outdoors

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the 2009 camping season. It’s time to pack up the gear and head into the great outdoors. With the economic downturn, many parents are forgoing the annual vacation to Hawaii and opting to stay closer to home this year. Now is the best time to consider a state or national park visit. The average stay can be as little as $15 for an overnight campsite.


With a goal to guide families back into state and national parks systems, community parks or just beyond their backdoors, IAGmedia, Inc. delivers “Into the Great Outdoors,” a program to help reconnect kids and families with nature and the environment. Into the Great Outdoors introduces kids to a young squirrel, Chipper, a first-timer going into the park systems to explore nature. Through music, mishap, and humor and a cast of friendly wildlife creatures, Chipper playfully teaches children the importance of respecting the environment. Company founder, Stephanie Rach-Wilson, says it is her upbringing and personal mission to provide parents with a positive reinforcement tool to help eliminate the stress and put back in the fun of exploring the great outdoors with kids.

offers online resources, checklists for the entire family, and fun facts for parents to help get ready to go on hiking or camping adventures, such as:

  • There are 391 national parks in the US.
  • Yellowstone, in Wyoming, was the first National Park created in 1872.
  • There are over 3,500 state parks.
  • In 1864, President Lincoln ceded Yosemite to California and made it a state park. It later became a national park.

Let’s Go Chipper’s™ Into the Great Outdoors products are available online at and national retail and online stores.

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