Mary Burnette’s Archive

Gifford Photographic Collection (Courtesy of Oregon State University Archives)

Give Kids a Break: Academy of Pediatrics Recognizes Value of Recess

The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics about the importance of recess time brought back some vivid memories of my days on the playground. At the risk of …

Phronghorn. Photo by Mark Gocke, USDA.

Wildlife Take the Gold for True Olympic Feats

Olympic fever has taken hold of the world—we’re all cheering for our favorite athletes. While human Olympians have amazing physical abilities, for wild animals strength, speed, agility and endurance mean …

The author, on the trail at five. Taking kids camping is a great way to encourage them to explore the outdoors and connect with nature. (Photo: Mary Burnette)

Camping Traditions Provide Best Family Memories

Camping comes in all styles but traditional camping trips are perhaps the most special. When I was young, my parents took me and my two older sisters for three weeks …

Children's books have been moving away from the outdoors for decades, but one summer reading list includes a number of books about nature (flickr | Librarian In Black)

Summer Reading to Inspire Outdoor Time for Kids

We’ve all read a lot about our kids and how we are raising a generation of indoor children glued to their electronic devices. We know that the reduction in outside …

Dirt can be beneficial for kids (flickr | Mandajuice)

Dressing for Success for Kids Means Getting Dirty

Make Way for Ducklings in Washington, DC [VIDEO]

Treehouse Removal Could Threaten Kids’ Health

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Bald Eagle Gets Mouth-to-Beak Resuscitation

The return of America’s iconic bird from the brink of extinction is one of our country’s  best endangered species success stories.  It’s heartening to know that efforts to protect the bald …

Hemp and peace silk wedding gown

Royal Wedding Aims to Keep Things Green

OK, so I admit it. The romantic in me has unabashedly taken over and I’m caught up in the royal wedding frenzy. While it’s not known if bride-to-be Kate Middleton …

My Dog Princess

Shedding Dogs Help Wildlife

Do you have a dog that sheds his winter coat leaving clumps of fur all over your house?  I have a Shepard/Akita that is shedding like crazy at this time …

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