Anne Cissel’s Archive

Nature Calms The Mind, Brain Scans Prove

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 …

Time For Some Serious Play

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 …

MOOSE

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

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 …

Boy swinging

Finding Time For A Green Hour

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?  …

Outside playing with snow flurries

5 Tips to Stay Warm Outside In Winter

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 …

Sense of Wonder

9 Books To Inspire Outdoor Fun for Your Family

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 …

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

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 …

Outdoor Ideas for the Holidays

8 Easy Ways to Create Your Own Outdoor Holiday Tradition

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, …

NWF Shines on Today Show with “Wild Things”

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 …

When Words Become Endangered: Oxford Junior Dictionary Removes Nature Words

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 …

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