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Patrick Fitzgerald is the Director of Education Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation, working with partners to advocate for new policies in Congress, the Administration and State Houses that get children, youth and families active in the outdoors and connecting with nature at school, at home and in their communities.
From St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s residence.  Photo by Mayor Francis Slay’

Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis

9/15/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

About this time last year, the National Weather Service spotted a cloud stretching from the St. Louis area east into Illinois. Meteorologists watching the radar noted that its shape was irregular and it was changing shapes. Turns out, it was …

Monarch Butterfly. Photo by NWF Austin Habitat Stewards Jim and Lynne Weber

Austin, Texas Creates Habitat for the Declining Monarch Butterfly

8/3/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

The City of Austin, Texas sits at a critical migration point for the monarch butterfly. In the spring, Austin is one of the first places in the U.S. that the monarch stops to lay its eggs on milkweed, so the next …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Howard Cheek.

Bees Find Better Habitat in Urban Jungle than Farm Country

6/16/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

What do you think about when hear the word “pollinators?” Images of honey bees or bumble bees come to mind for most. Many of us urban and suburbanites have an idyllic image of bees and butterflies in the countryside. Something like this… …

8 - Monarch Butterfly at Butterfly House (City of Chesterfield)

Monarchs Over Chesterfield

9/25/2014 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

This morning we took a tour of the NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Chesterfield, MO – just outside of St. Louis.  The city has been certified for 10 years and it showed – everywhere you looked were bees, birds, …

The Preserve was the first approved “Waif Tortoise Recipient Site” in the state and in December 2011 we adopted 4 female gopher tortoises.  Photo from City of Oakland Park.

Threatened Gopher Tortoises Benefit from Florida Community Wildlife Habitat

7/22/2014 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

Our amazing Garden for Wildlife volunteers in Oakland Park, FL are making a difference for the threatened gopher tortoise. The city, which is located in Broward County and is smack dab in the middle of the Miami metropolitan area, is working to …

South Doyle Middle School NWF Schoolyard Habitat & Amphitheater

South Woodlawn Becomes First NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in Tennessee

4/15/2014 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

The City of Knoxville, Tennessee, has a mounting reputation for being a top destination for outdoor recreation. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians Mountains, it’s just about 45 minutes from Smokey Mountain National Park and the Appalachian Trail. But to …


President’s Budget Eliminates Environmental Education. Again.

4/12/2013 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

In President Obama’s Inaugural and State of the Union addresses, he outlined the need for the United States to lead the world in both the transition to a clean energy economy and in fostering leaders in science, technology, engineering and …

(flickr | Jonf728)

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

6/1/2012 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

It’s an election year, and you know what that means: Republican and Democrats have a hard time agreeing on much of anything. Thankfully, enjoying the Great Outdoors is an exception to that rule.  Today is the start of Great Outdoors …


Green Education Funding Remains in Limbo after White House Summit on Environmental Education

4/17/2012 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

  Today I attended the first ever White House Summit on environmental education.  There were speakers ranging from Richard Louv to NASCAR.  The Presidential Environmental Youth Awardees were inspiring.  And it was wonderful to hear Education Secretary Arne Duncan express …

Secretaries Duncan and Salazar Team Up for Outdoor STEM Education on Public Lands

3/27/2012 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

Earlier this month I had the honor of participating in the White House Conference on Conservation, where leaders from all 50 states convened for an update on and discussion about the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative. AGO is an …

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