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Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship. Read more >

Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Decker’ is a cultivar selected because of its novel, short petals on the top of the cone.

What Is a Native Plant?

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

What is a native plant? That may sound like an easy question but it isn’t. There are almost as many different definitions as people you ask. Our environment is an extremely elaborate system, with endless inner connections between its parts and that makes it impossible to speak in generalizations. Definitions will always vary depending on the way people or groups of people want to interact with nature. Read more >

Why We Should Pay Attention to Oil Pipelines

4/30/2012 // By Guest Author

On July 25th, 2010, the Great Lakes region experienced one of the largest oil spills in Midwest history—and it was from a pipeline buried underneath the ground. Almost two years after the spill, the pressing question is whether laws governing oil pipelines protect the Great Lakes Basin and its communities from more spills. Read more >

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GUEST POST: Helping Schools Reduce Energy Use Saves Money and Serves as a Teaching Tool

4/12/2012 // By Guest Author

The HELiOS Project (Helios Energy Lights Our Schools) was originally developed as a model for helping school districts build their own renewable energy systems to offset the cost of their electricity use. It has been adopted by a growing number of school districts in California. Read more >

Bull Elk by Richard Watson

12 Places to See Amazing Animals

2/22/2010 // By Guest Author

Wherever you live in the U.S., you are near fabulous places for wildlife watching. Our friends at grandparents.com put together this list to help you find a spot near you: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge – Fort Worth, Texas […] Read more >

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8 Simple Tips To Grow Active, Healthy Kids

2/3/2010 // By Guest Author

Seven hours and 38 minutes. That’s how much time you may spend sleeping each night or working each day. It’s also how much time kids ages 8-18 spend on average each day consuming media, such as watching TV, playing video […] Read more >

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Bird Crafts for Grandkids

2/1/2010 // By Guest Author

Grandkids visiting? Children of all ages are fascinated by birds, and winter is a great time to watch them or create a “bird restaurant” in your backyard or on your balcony. Our friends at Grandparents.com shared these “bird crafts” to try […] Read more >

Dana Hilmer Family Skiing

The Best Family Vacations Are Just Outdoors

1/19/2010 // By Guest Author

This guest post is by Dana Hilmer, the founder and editor-in-chief of Lifestylemom.com  I didn’t grow up with a family that did much in the way of outdoor activities together, unless of course weeding the garden could count toward enjoying the great […] Read more >

Theresa Lizakowski

One Child’s Prescription—Nature

1/1/2010 // By Guest Author

My first clue to how my nine-year-old son connected with the outdoors came about five years ago while on a visit to Grandpa’s farm. I watched one afternoon as the two of them hauled freshly cut cedar logs back and […] Read more >

Buildings Get a Breath of Fresh Air with CO2 Sensors

10/13/2009 // By Guest Author

When it comes to energy use in buildings, emphasis is often placed on saving electricity by turning up the thermostat when running the A.C., or setting the thermostat a little lower when the heat is on. With the heating, ventilation, […] Read more >