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Toys and Nature: They Can Play Nice

11/6/2013 // By Meri-Margaret Deoudes

There has been a bit of discussion lately around the entertainment value of toys vs. natural, outdoor experiences for kids. So which is cooler? Toys or nature; nature or toys? Our question is, “Why does it have to be either […] Read more >

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Cool Plants for Kids: 8 that Explode, Eat Bugs, or Stick to You

10/22/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson.  Be Out There is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors online community to help more kids and families explore the outdoors! By sharing ideas and resources through guest blogs, we’re working to bring […] Read more >

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Book Review: Eco Boys And Girls by Maria Snyder

10/16/2013 // By Kevin Coyle

The greatest challenge in providing education for young children is how to have an artful balance of informative lessons and entertaining pictures and stories that capture a child’s mind and heart.  The new Eco Boys And Girls book series by […] Read more >

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Eco Boys And Girls Inspire Kids to Live and Play Sustainably

10/10/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For Earth Day in 2010, Maria Snyder debuted her characters, the Eco Boys And Girls, at the Liberty Science Center. Snyder, an activist, artist and model, developed Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle and Sammy Sun because she wanted to use her art […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- October 4, 2013

10/4/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Government shutdown spells trouble for wildlife, but it also spells trouble for you! Coal is continuing to play dirty. Read about the latest coal threat to orcas. This will put the wind […] Read more >

Sage and native grasses surround this barn, with the Grand Tetons in the background. Photo by Dawn Wilson, National Wildlife Photo Contest Entrant.

Weekly News Roundup- September 27, 2013

9/27/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? It’s flu season for ‘ewe.’  For bighorn sheep in Montana, communicable diseases-including pneumonia-are a huge problem. Plant your own “Mother Willow!” Help NWF and Disney Junior plant 5,000 trees for wildlife. From […] Read more >

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

Help NWF and Disney Junior Plant 5,000 Trees for Wildlife

9/24/2013 // By Aislinn Maestas

Disney Junior and National Wildlife Federation are working together to plant 5,000 trees across America! You can help us by visiting DisneyJuniorGiveATree.NWF.org and telling us where you would like to plant a tree. For every 10 participants, National Wildlife Federation […] Read more >

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Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine Announces Draw Ricky Contest Winners

9/19/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

The October issue of Ranger Rick Jr. has hit mailboxes, and this month’s magazine is extra special because it includes the five winning drawings from our Draw Ricky contest. The contest ran from April 15 to June 30, and we […] Read more >

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Make a Lasting Impression with Schoolyard Habitats

8/27/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Margaret Redman. Over 5,000 schools around the world have certified their campuses with the National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program. In order to become certified, schools must provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young for wildlife […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- August 16, 2013

8/16/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Drum roll please!  NWF’s  43rd Annual Photo Contest People’s Choice Award goes to…*opens the envelope* Bottlenose dolphin deaths continue. Why? Read the blog to see what you can do to help. What […] Read more >