Anne Cissel’s Archive

Lioness and cub

A Picture-Perfect Mother’s Day [Photo slideshow]

Enjoy these animal mother and baby photographs, then enter your own wildlife pictures in the 41st annual National Wildlife Photo Contest!

Photo/ iStock

Natural Playscapes: The Future of the Playground?

Ever heard of a natural playscape? No? Before I tell you what it is, take a moment now and imagine the typical playground you see in neighborhoods across the country. Does it look something like this?

5 Ways to Lure Teens Off the Couch and Outside

As a mom of two teenage girls, I’m more than often hearing the same old excuse,

“There’s nothing to do outside”

“I’m bored.”

It frustrates me to see them on the couch wasting their valuable time watching TV or playing video games when they could be outside enjoying the outdoors, co-existing with nature, getting some exercise, and being with friends.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a student reporter roundtable with Gabriel Roy, Time for Kids, Helen Onufer, National Geographic for Kids, Alexandria Zhang, Scholastic, Daniel Symons, Ranger Rick in the Children's Garden of the White House, March 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

An Afternoon at the White House: Junior Ranger Rick Reporter Chats with Michelle Obama

As we reported last week, 6th-grader junior Ranger Rick reporter Daniel Symons got the AMAZING opportunity to chat with Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday about the Let’s …

Michelle Obama in the White House Garden

Junior Ranger Rick Reporter to Interview First Lady

On March 16, 11-year-old Daniel Symons will chat with First Lady Michelle Obama about her garden and the Let’s Move! campaign — at the White House!

Boy munching on trowel

It’s in the dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter

Dirt can be good for you? That’s what recent scientific research is telling us. So — pass the mud pies!

Calling All Kids: Want to Spend a Week in the Great Outdoors?

  Do you know a child who loves the outdoors and nature? Here’s a chance for him or her to spend a week-long outdoor adventure at the Family Nature Summit! National …

Photo by Holly Ambrose

Family Camping in January? It Can Be Done — in FLORIDA!

With 2 kids in tow (ages 4 and 17 months), Be Out There mom Holly Ambrose headed for a New Year’s camping adventure just an hour from her home — in Everglades National Park.

Mother and son running outside

5 Fantastic Outdoor Blogs by Parents (plus 6 more!)

Meet 5 moms and dads who blog simple, practical tips and activities to inspire families to step away from the computer — and go outside!

Get To Know Contest

Get To Know Contest: Enter Your Child’s Nature-Inspired Artwork

Enter your kids’ nature-inspired drawings, video, photos, or writing in the Get To Know Contest by November 30.

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