Nature Center Unhappy With Toys ‘R’ Us Ad

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH -- Nature lovers aren't too happy with a Toys 'R' Us ad circulating on the internet.

The ad shows a group of students sitting on a bus, bored, as they learn about nature. After a few seconds, the ranger tells them they're actually going to Toys 'R' Us. Only then do the students get excited about the field trip.

"We provide environmental education programming for over 15,000 children a year and they are pretty darn excited when they show up on their buses here," said Executive Director Kay Carlson with the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in Shaker Heights.

She recently spotted the video on YouTube and said it depicts nature in a negative light and doesn't think that's okay.

"It just sort of went against everything that we are doing in trying to get people to enjoy nature and realize the benefits of it," she said.

Carlson was so bothered by the commercial that she decided to write Toys 'R' Us a letter. In it, she explains the importance of the Nature Center and invites the company's leader to come visit anytime.

"We really wanted to just reach out to Toys 'R' Us and let them know that toys and nature don't have to be mutually exclusive," she said.

A representative from Toys 'R' Us told FOX 8 News they weren't sure if the commercial even aired in Cleveland and also added that it is no longer running on TV, just online.

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