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Code Orange: Sensitive Groups Should Stay Indoors!

8/19/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

In December, I became a father of a beautiful, now 8-month old boy named August.  We call him “Gus.” As someone whose full-time job at the National Wildlife Federation is to reconnect children with nature, I often joked that I […] Read more >

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Is There a Concerted Effort in Congress to Wipe Out Environmental Education Funding?

7/28/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

At first glance it seemed to me that environmental education spending cuts in Congress must be symptomatic of the broader trend to reduce federal spending in light of our nation’s deficit.  But looking at the bigger picture over the last […] Read more >

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How Did You Celebrate Great Outdoors Month?

6/29/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

  June is a special time to celebrate and enjoy the Great Outdoors, as proclaimed by President Obama and nearly all U.S. Governors.  This year, Great Outdoors month was full of all sorts of amazing events and activities around the […] Read more >

Outdoor Fun Under the Sun at the White House

6/14/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

I just got back from an amazing event on the South Lawn of the White House.  It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon and 50 youth from the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School had the opportunity to celebrate Great Outdoors […] Read more >

Even President Obama Has Trouble Getting His Kids Outside

2/17/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

If you don’t think you have anything in common with the President of the United States, think again.  Wednesday night, on February 16, 2011, President Barack Obama, had this to say at the launch of the America’s Great Outdoors report […] Read more >

Economic Progress Commands Commitment to Environmental Education, Green Jobs Training

1/26/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pledged to fuel our economic recovery through clean energy investments, but if we do not integrate education with the environment, will cannot be competitive in the global clean energy economy. Read more >

“Let’s Move Outside!” Picking Up Steam at White House

12/2/2010 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

I attended the White House physical activity briefing and was joined by about 100 others who support this key pillar of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
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