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Allen Cooper works at NWF's Austin, Texas office developing state and municipal policy to connect people with nature. He grew up on a 97-acre farm in Hoo Hoo Hollow in Southern West Virginia and loves nothing more than to hear an owl's call at nightfall.

New Outdoor Childcare Regulations Enacted in Texas

7/14/2015 // By Allen Cooper

We have a new policy leader in early childhood environmental education: The Texas Workforce Commission. That’s right. This spring, following behind the scenes advocacy by National Wildlife Federation and our partners at Natural Start Alliance, the Texas Workforce Commission approved precedent-setting regulations …

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Nature Play Coming to Every Community

9/9/2014 // By Allen Cooper

Every parent who has ever watched a child play in nature has cause to rejoice. NWF’s guide Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature shows how to design and manage nature play areas …

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Eco-Schools Closing the Achievement Gap for Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged Students

2/15/2013 // By Allen Cooper

Asked about the outdoor classroom at Perez Elementary, a student said “there are rocks that we don’t have in the classroom, there are plants, and there’s a creek that we definitely don’t have in the classroom.” Perez Elementary School, a …

Man (and Daughter) Meet Baby Snapping Turtle

10/3/2012 // By Allen Cooper

Yesterday, while leaving the office on a lunch appointment, I saw something small scamper under a coworker’s pickup truck. Peering under the truck, I concluded it was probably a baby snapping turtle since it had the tail and neck of …