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Hillary is the Education Advocacy intern at NWF, working with her team on federal policy affecting environmental education, child, family and community connection with nature, and green schools. A former environmental educator and camp counselor, taking kids outdoors has long been one of her favorite activities and causes. Hillary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College, and enjoys running, cycling and fossil hunting in her native Southwest Ohio. Follow her on Twitter @hilltipton.
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Voters Across the Political Spectrum Agree: Kids Need to Get Outdoors

7/23/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

While Congress hasn’t agreed on much these days, those who elected them sure have.  A national poll of voters from a wide variety of regions, backgrounds and political leanings has indicated that 82 percent of the electorate, conservatives, liberals and […] Read more >

Students of Pine Jog Elementary, a U.S. Green Ribbon and NWF Eco-School, hold up lettuce from their hydroponic garden.

Black, Orange… and Green! My Alma Mater is a U.S. Green Ribbon School

6/8/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Now more than ever, I can’t hide my Tiger pride. Last month, I was thrilled to learn that Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio, was officially named a U.S. Green Ribbon School for excellence in environmental literacy and sustainability. In […] Read more >

STEM Leaders Agree on Relevancy of Environmental Education for Kids of Color

5/7/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Whether it’s at the elementary, undergraduate or professional level, we have a long way to go when it comes to diversity in the “STEM,” or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career fields. That much is clear. What may be less evident, […] Read more >

Latino Kids Missing out on the Outdoors and STEM

4/30/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

When you think about the outdoors and “outdoorsy” people, what comes to mind? Bearded hikers in flannel shirts? Intrepid retirees armed with the latest in GPS gadgetry ambling through the woods? But not necessarily people of color, right? Sadly, such […] Read more >

NWF Celebrates with Military Kids and Families in the Great Outdoors

4/3/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

On Sunday, April 1st, NWF’s Be Out There campaign joined the Sierra Club, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Military Family Association, and more than twenty other organizations at an event to kick off the Month of the Military […] Read more >

U.S. Forest Service Announces $1 Million in Kids and Nature Grants

3/29/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Reflecting on the most awe-inspiring moments of my life, I realize that virtually all of them took place in the great outdoors with family members by my side. What I was lucky enough to see and do in nature as […] Read more >

Study: Conservation Corps Service Builds Leadership and Teamwork Skills

3/12/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

With the release of a report from Texas A&M University and the Public Lands Service Coalition, it comes as no surprise that serving in conservation corps could be a critical factor in a participant’s decision to pursue a career in […] Read more >

Healthy Kids from Day One sponsor Sen. Mark Udall greets a friend on National Get Outdoors Day Denver, in Denver's City Park (flickr | SenatorMarkUdall)

Healthy Kids from Day One Act Introduced to Fight the Inactive, Indoor American Childhood

2/17/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Last week, Michelle Obama joined thousands of students in Iowa and Florida to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. Over its short history, Let’s Move! has indeed made some remarkable milestones, […] Read more >

Is this the message Congress is sending to kids? (flickr | annshi)

House Transportation Bill Would Defund Programs to Help Kids Walk to School Safely

2/2/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee released its transportation bill yesterday, and it’s already been billed “a march of horribles” that would strip funding from public transit, urban improvements for the safety of bikers and pedestrians, and would eliminate Safe […] Read more >