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Mary Burnette was National Wildlife Federation's Associate Communications Director. She worked with the media to spread the word about NWF's Be Out There program.
Gifford Photographic Collection (Courtesy of Oregon State University Archives)

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

1/4/2013 // By Mary Burnette

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 aging myself, I remember when my grammar school in San […] Read more >

Phronghorn. Photo by Mark Gocke, USDA.

Wildlife Take the Gold for True Olympic Feats

7/30/2012 // By Mary Burnette

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 more than just medals, they are a matter of survival. […] Read more >

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

6/14/2012 // By Mary Burnette

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 of backpacking in the high country of Yosemite every summer. Yosemite […] Read more >

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

5/15/2012 // By Mary Burnette

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 play time is hurting kids both mentally and physically.  But […] Read more >

Dirt can be beneficial for kids (flickr | Mandajuice)

Dressing for Success for Kids Means Getting Dirty

4/13/2012 // By Mary Burnette

NWF’s new report, The Dirt on Dirt, brings back memories for me about the joy that being dirty provides kids. When my oldest son was 9 or 10 he went to his first sleep-away camp with the Boy Scouts. He spent weeks […] Read more >

Make Way for Ducklings in Washington, DC [VIDEO]

3/22/2012 // By Mary Burnette

A wonderful children’s classic, Make Way for Ducklings, tells the story of a family of mallard ducks who make their home in Boston and face some challenges dealing with Boston traffic. This video, taken during the lunch hour on March […] Read more >

Treehouse Removal Could Threaten Kids’ Health

10/14/2011 // By Mary Burnette

A father in Fairfax County, where the National Wildlife Federation is headquartered, recently received word that the treehouse he built for his sons, ages 9 and11, violated county zoning laws and would have to come down. Seems the $1,400 tree house, […] Read more >

Bald Eagle - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - Girdwood AK

Bald Eagle Gets Mouth-to-Beak Resuscitation

7/19/2011 // By Mary Burnette

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 eagle continue, and in some cases go to heroic lengths […] Read more >

Hemp and peace silk wedding gown

Royal Wedding Aims to Keep Things Green

4/26/2011 // By Mary Burnette

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 will be donning an eco-friendly wedding dress made of hemp, […] Read more >

My Dog Princess

Shedding Dogs Help Wildlife

3/25/2011 // By Mary Burnette

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 of year. I gave her a good brushing in the […] Read more >

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