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20% off sale celebrates new youth, toddler merchandise line

Image of a child wearing a skunk shirt that says little stinker

The Forest Preserve District’s popular merchandise line, OutsiderThreads.com, is getting bigger and younger. 

A new line of T-shirts is being released that includes youth and toddler versions of shirts that also come in adult sizes, as well as some new items that are exclusively available in smaller sizes.

To celebrate the expanding merchandise line, customers will receive 20% off their entire order when they spend at least $50. Use promo code Spend50 at checkout through Sunday, April 28.

Proceeds benefit The Nature Foundation of Will County’s, which provides money to the Forest Preserve District for conservation, restoration and nature education efforts. 

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“The new kids’ line is in direct response to requests we’ve had from the public since launching our original merchandise line,” said Chad Merda, head of digital marketing strategy/engagement. At events, people have been disappointed we only have adult sizes.”

The new merchandise includes popular T-shirts – such as the “Stay Trashy” raccoon shirt and the “Every Day I’m Hustlin” turtle shirt – in youth and toddler sizes. 

“We’ve also added some new designs for kids and are excited about our skunk shirt, which pairs an adult shirt, 'Big Stinker,' with a toddler sized 'Little Stinker' shirt,” Merda said. 

The additions to the merchandise lineup are: 

  • Big stinker, adult and toddler
  • Stay trashy, youth
  • Wild and free, toddler
  • Bee positive, youth and toddler
  • I play in the dirt, adult and toddler
  • Every day I’m hustling, youth and toddler

“Every time we roll out a new design, the public response has been strong,” Merda said. “We’re trying to keep that momentum going as we head into summer and will be appearing at a number of events and selling merchandise in person as well as online."

The District first launched its merchandise line in May 2023 in reaction to a demand for Take It Outside Challenge items. Participants in the 2023 challenge wanted to wear a shirt or hat while completing missions and earning points. As a result of that request, a handful of shirts, a hat and magnets were created.

The merchandise lineup has since grown to include many T-shirts designs as well as sweatshirts, tank tops, onesies with matching bibs, hats and water bottles. And the new OutsiderThreads.com website was launched to streamline ordering. 

So order now and look cool this summer while benefiting nature. 

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