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

5/4/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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

Photo/ iStock

Natural Playscapes: The Future of the Playground?

4/15/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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? Read more >

5 Ways to Lure Teens Off the Couch and Outside

3/25/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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. Read more >

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

3/18/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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 Move! campaign. Daniel and three other junior reporters watched the […] Read more >

Michelle Obama in the White House Garden

Junior Ranger Rick Reporter to Interview First Lady

3/11/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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! Read more >

Boy munching on trowel

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

3/9/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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

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

2/16/2011 // By Anne Cissel

  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 Wildlife Federation, Family Summits, Inc. and the family of Craig […] Read more >

Photo by Holly Ambrose

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

2/4/2011 // By Anne Cissel

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. Read more >

Mother and son running outside

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

11/8/2010 // By Anne Cissel

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

Get To Know Contest

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

10/18/2010 // By Anne Cissel

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