Encouraging Kids to Be Outdoor Explorers, Like Dora
‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Debuts in Theatres Today!
To encourage kids and families to get outdoors and explore nature the National Wildlife Federation is proud to team up with Dora and the Lost City of Gold – in partnership with Paramount Pictures and Walden Media. Featuring a majority-Latino cast, the film represents the vital role that wildlife, nature, and family play in Hispanic and Latino cultures, while inspiring kids from all backgrounds to go outdoors and build a lifelong love of nature and wildlife.
“Dora inspires millions of children to explore nature and connect with wildlife. As parents and caretakers, it is our responsibility to help children appreciate our natural resources and provide them with opportunities to get outside every day and discover the amazing natural wonders all around them,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We at the National Wildlife Federation are thrilled to partner with Paramount Pictures and Walden Media to connect more kids with wildlife and the outdoors through Dora and the Lost City of Gold, an inspiring movie that brilliantly highlights the benefits of nature for our younger generations and their families.”
“Our country has so many places to explore — from neighborhood parks to our National Parks and Forests, Wildlife Refuges, and over 245 million acres of public lands across the United States. These vital outdoor spaces belong to all of us for hiking, camping, viewing wildlife, and so much more,” said Camilla Simon, Executive Director of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), a program of the National Wildlife Federation. “Just like Dora, at HECHO we understand the importance of connecting to the land and water that sustains us. That is why we promote and honor centuries-old Hispanic land-based traditions that are intertwined with our well-being.”
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, her best friend, a monkey; Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez); and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.
“Like Dora’s family and my family, Hispanic and Latino families have been enjoying the great outdoors for generations, and our ancestral connection to the land should not be lost,” said Eva Longoria, who plays Dora’s mother. “When our public discourse starts reflecting the diversity within our nation and includes the life stories of all Americans, everyone can see how they are connected to the outdoors.”
“Dora loves wildlife and nature, and so do I!” said Isabela Moner. “My friends at the National Wildlife Federation can help you learn about wildlife, their habitats, and how to protect them.”
In conjunction with the film, the National Wildlife Federation is providing a Dora-inspired Family Fun Guide with outdoor activities to encourage kids and families to build their explorer skills and discover nature. Go to www.nwf.org/DoraMovie to get the guide and find more tips to make getting outdoors and connecting with nature a daily practice, and while you are there you can also symbolically adopt a fox and learn more about HECHO and its platform for Hispanics, Latinos, and everyone else who values our nation’s public lands and wants to work to protect them.
Visit the National Wildlife Federation Media Center at NWF.org/News.
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