What the Election Means for Environmental Education Moving Forward

When the dust settled on November 6 and election-weary minds began to assess how their issues would fair in a second Obama Administration, the first feeling I emoted was relief. Over …

Great Outdoors America Week: OAK/Sierra Club Briefing on Military Kids and Outdoors

On Wednesday, June 27th, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and the Sierra Club hosted a briefing on military kids and the outdoors. In a sense, military kids serve right alongside …

Digitizing the Outdoors: Can Gaming be the Gateway to Nature?

Children today are spending alarming amounts of their time indoors and in front of screens—7.5 hours per day on electronic devices. Research suggests that ADHD and other behavioral issues are …

Take Action: All Kids Need Access to Safe Green Spaces!

When I was an elementary school teacher, I wanted to provide my students with experiences and opportunities that many of them wouldn’t traditionally get outside of school— access to the outdoors being …

It’s Official: Inaugural U.S. Green Ribbon School Award Winners Announced!

On April 23, 2012, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, alongside White House Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced the winnersof the inaugural U.S. …

Back to Our Roots: Connecting to the Outdoors Connects Me to Family

The brisk chill of the early mornings in Washington, D.C. before the city becomes occupied by thousands of footprints, beeping horns, and the air is tainted with smoke and smog …

Red, Green and Blue! 34 States Opt In to U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

In a time when our political differences seem to be more polarizing than ever, it is encouraging to see that education remains a bipartisan issue.  Half of the 34 states …

U.S. Green Ribbon Schools Award gets the Green Light!

  Today is a fantastic day for the environmental education movement!   The U.S. Department of Education alongside the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency launched the U.S. …

Back to [Green] School!

The arrival of fall marks the end to longer days, ice cream trucks and the return to the classroom.  For some students around the country this return is often marred …

Bi-Partisanship Hits Capitol Hill – Thanks to Environmental Education!

  Today the bi-partisan No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI) (S.1372 and H.R. 2547) was introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD).  The …

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