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Nature Calms The Mind, Brain Scans Prove

9/17/2010 // By Anne Cissel

I know how much calmer I feel when I’m surrounded by the natural world, but now there is really good science to explain why. New research published in the journal NeuroImage used brain scanning to monitor neural activity in people […] Read more >

Time For Some Serious Play

9/17/2010 // By Anne Cissel

This week, National Wildlife Federation will turn Twitter and Facebook into a virtual playground – and inspire people to turn the computer off and play outside! 6 Ways To Play Along: 1. Tweet playfully: Whenever you have fun outside this […] Read more >

MOOSE

6 Reasons You Don’t Go Outside—And How To Get Over Them

3/1/2010 // By Anne Cissel

Does a small voice inside of you tell you that you shouldgo outside more? Maybe you’ve noticed that the kids are calmer and happier after a walk. Or you learned that lack of sunlight can lead to Vitamin D deficiency. Or maybe you […] Read more >

Boy swinging

Finding Time For A Green Hour

1/27/2010 // By Anne Cissel

Life is full of ironies. In 2007, the National Wildlife Federation launched the Green Hour program, giving parents the tools to make the outdoors part of their children’s daily life. How?  Using the Internet—considered by many the enemy to outdoor experience. […] Read more >

Outside playing with snow flurries

5 Tips to Stay Warm Outside In Winter

1/6/2010 // By Anne Cissel

It’s not bathing suit weather, but winter’s still a great season for outdoor fun. Be prepared! 1. Dress in Layers Wear several layers of clothing and peel them off if you get too warm. The heat captured in between the […] Read more >

Sense of Wonder

9 Books To Inspire Outdoor Fun for Your Family

1/1/2010 // By Anne Cissel

A bird singing, a cool breeze, a magnificent sunset: most of the time you don’t need convincing that outdoor time is good you and your family. But sometimes it’s nice to dig a little deeper and explore the research that […] Read more >

A young photographer takes pictures of an insect in a tree. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anne Girton.

Share Your Family’s Outdoor Photos

1/1/2010 // By Anne Cissel

From leaf-jumping to bird-watching to fort-building, the Green Hour group on the photo sharing site Flickr has it all! For more than a year, parents who believe in Be Out There’s mission to connect kids with nature have been sharing […] Read more >

Outdoor Ideas for the Holidays

8 Easy Ways to Create Your Own Outdoor Holiday Tradition

12/17/2009 // By Anne Cissel

Let’s face it: It might feel a bit claustrophobic in the house at this time of year—with the kids underfoot, relatives hovering over you, and the strain of cooking, cleaning, shopping, and buying presents. Plus—who couldn’t use a brisk walk after eating […] Read more >

NWF Shines on Today Show with “Wild Things”

10/22/2009 // By Anne Cissel

Check out NWF spokesperson Dave Mizejewski on NBC's the Today Show this morning. He brought a cabybara, a beaver, two baby African lions, and more. The animals were squirmy, but Dave demonstrated his expert handling skills! Read more >

When Words Become Endangered: Oxford Junior Dictionary Removes Nature Words

10/1/2009 // By Anne Cissel

Noted Washington naturalist Robert Pyle once asked, “What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has never seen a wren?” In other words, if children can’t recognize the common wildlife in their neighborhoods, why would they care […] Read more >