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Me frolicking with a monster, as depicted in a wall painting in Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Wikimedia Commons via flickr | Scott Woods-Fehr)

Study: Children’s Books Are No Longer Where the Wild Things Are

2/8/2012 // By Max Greenberg

As the former wolf-costumed star of a classic of the genre, I know a thing or two about children’s books and how they affect us. A big part of their job was to teach us about magical kismet and the […] Read more >

President Obama at the first White House Science Fair in 2010. No presidents ever came to my science fairs, just sayin'. (flickr | cerebus19)

Second White House Science Fair Features Young STEM Innovators and Environmental Projects

2/7/2012 // By Max Greenberg

President Obama is hosting the second White House Science Fair today, featuring more than 100 students representing “competitions and organizations that work with students and inspire them to excel in STEM”(science, technology, engineering and math). Exhibits will include designs for […] Read more >

And he didn't leave to play in California. (Wikimedia Commons | Sector001)

Finally, a Squirrel Gets Its Own Baseball Card. Plus: Top 7 Rodents in Baseball History

2/2/2012 // By Max Greenberg

The new 2012 Topps Series 1 baseball card set features a single highlight from the St. Louis Cardinals’ incredible run to the World Series. It’s the only thing about the Cards’ season that was stranger than Kyle Lohse becoming a […] Read more >

Komodo dragons are as adorable as they are awesome (Wikimedia Commons)

Here Be Dragons, Hopefully: Sydney Joins Effort to Save Komodo Dragons in 2012

2/1/2012 // By Max Greenberg

We’ve gone a full week without Komodo dragon news on Wildlife Promise (see Megan Blevins’s timely ‘Year of the Dragon’ post here). That’s as intolerable as eating less than 80% of one’s body weight might be to an extremely hungry […] Read more >

Glacier National Park in Montana (flickr | Meredith Rendall Photography)

National Parks Can Help Make America’s Kids Healthier…and That Helps Parks, Too.

1/27/2012 // By Max Greenberg

A lot happened at America’s Summit on National Parks, which met this week in the large, confusing Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. Its purpose was plan for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in […] Read more >

Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, MD (flickr | cseeman)

Gov. O’Malley’s Proposed Maryland Budget Makes the Case for Connecting Kids to Nature

1/23/2012 // By Max Greenberg

My Terps are going through a rough patch, but there’s one area where Maryland has proven a great leader—its attention to kids’ outdoor activity and environmental literacy. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced recently that nearly $23 million will go toward […] Read more >

Photo: Michael Devlin

Study: Kids in Green Neighborhoods Play Outside More

1/10/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Sometimes it takes academia a while to catch up with things we ‘know’ at a gut level. Case in point: a recent study published in the International Journal of Health Geographics, Tweeted along by childhood researcher and “play advocate” Tim […] Read more >

Children in mountains

Wilderness Therapy Uses Nature to Help People Heal

1/9/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Many of us have stories about taking  solace in nature’s simple beauty, but few realize just how crucial a lifeline it can be. Take the story of 24-year-old Gwen Miller of Lombard, IL, who suffered traumatic abuse as a child […] Read more >

Danielle Korpalski 2011.

Plan Underway to Connect Michigan Kids With ‘M.O.R.E.’ Nature

12/21/2011 // By Max Greenberg

Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes, and its 57,000 square miles boast nearly 100 parks and recreation areas, from the beaches of McClain State Park on the shore of Lake Superior in the […] Read more >

Eco-Schools ‘Healthy Schools’ Pathway Addresses a Toxic Problem

12/9/2011 // By Max Greenberg

Early this year, the National Association of School Nurses released a disturbing nationwide survey (PDF). The results: over 40% of respondents said they knew children and school staff “adversely impacted by avoidable indoor pollutants”and almost all affirmed that their schools […] Read more >