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Gretchen Pierce is Assistant Editor of Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, NWF's nature magazine for kids ages 4-7. She helps develop and maintain the magazine's website and social media presence. Gretchen is also involved with research, writing, and editing for the print publications. Her favorite animal is the flamingo and once she got to march around with a whole flock of them in the Bahamas.
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13 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes for Kids

1/30/2014 // By Gretchen Pierce

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for some fun V-Day crafts and recipes to try out with your kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are 13 activities that will help make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this […] Read more >

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Funniest Moments in “Dear Ranger Rick” History

1/14/2014 // By Gretchen Pierce

Kids say the darndest things. Especially in Ranger Rick magazine, where kids have been writing in to their favorite raccoon since the first “Dear Ranger Rick” column appeared in November 1968. From thoughtful poems to imaginative drawings to hilarious stories, […] Read more >

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5 Memorable Bear Celebrities

12/5/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-thon, our weeklong celebration of all things bears, is still going strong! The fun continues today with a journey through bear history and a look at five of our favorite famous bears. Some of these bears inspired us […] Read more >

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5 Myths About Bears

12/3/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

We’re celebrating all things bear this week with Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon! We were shocked to discover that there wasn’t already a day or week devoted to all the different kinds of bears, so we instituted Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon to correct that […] Read more >

Ricky Raccoon drawing by Griffin, age 7

Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine Announces Draw Ricky Contest Winners

9/19/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

The October issue of Ranger Rick Jr. has hit mailboxes, and this month’s magazine is extra special because it includes the five winning drawings from our Draw Ricky contest. The contest ran from April 15 to June 30, and we […] Read more >

Ranger Rick's Summer Bucket List

Get Ranger Rick’s New Printable: The Ultimate Summer Bucket List with 30 Ideas for Outdoor Fun

6/21/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Happy first day of summer! Hopefully you’re kicking it off with the Great American Backyard Campout tomorrow. If you need some more ideas for how to celebrate summer, we’ve got just the thing: Ranger Rick’s Ultimate Summer Bucket List! Our […] Read more >

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Meet the Artist Behind Ricky Raccoon and Enter Ranger Rick Jr.’s “Draw Ricky” Contest

6/4/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Ranger Rick Jr. magazine’s “Draw Ricky” contest is underway, and we’ve already received a TON of great drawings of Ricky Raccoon, the magazine’s mascot. Haven’t entered yet? Head to our website by June 30 to submit your child’s best Ricky […] Read more >

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5 Reasons to Download Ranger Rick Apps for Kids, Now On Sale for Earth Day

4/22/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Have you downloaded the newest Ranger Rick iPad® apps yet? If not, your family is missing out! Ranger Rick now has digital fun for kids of all ages, starting with Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures™: Lions for 4–7 year olds. It’s […] Read more >

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Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine Announces Draw Ricky Contest for Kids

4/15/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

One of the funnest parts of my job as Assistant Editor of Ranger Rick Jr. magazine is opening mail from our young readers. Every time I dig into the big pile of envelopes I know I’m going to find touching […] Read more >

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5 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Learn About Butterflies Day

3/14/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Spring is in the air, and that means that soon something else will be in the air: butterflies! March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day, so spend some time outside with your kids today and see if you can spot […] Read more >

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