Be Out There

Looking up at Rainier from the trail (photo: Bryn Fluharty)

A Break in the Clouds? Run for the Hills in Seattle

Living in Seattle will teach you one thing: when the sun breaks through the clouds you take advantage of it and get outside! As most of the country swelters in …

Aluminum can and juice pouch recycling box, Armstrong Elementary

Creating a Recycling Program at Your School

Grade three classes set up a recycling program at their school and register as an Eco-School.

Girl Power + Shovels = New Wildlife Habitat

Girl Power + 650 Plants + Great Partners = More Wildlife Habitat

Dozens of Girl Scout troop leaders, Verizon and Liberty Mutual employee volunteers, Certified Wildlife Habitat Owners, NWF staff, and what felt like a zillion girl scouts made my last weekend a …

Jenny Lake in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. The Western Governors' Association recently met and released a report featuring recommendations on connecting more kids with the outdoors. (flickr | Yellowstone Gate)

Western Governors Tell Kids To Connect with Nature (and NWF Agrees)

Earlier this week I attended the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) meeting, which focused on reconnecting youth and families with the outdoors. “The Govs” (like “The Avengers”), led by chair Governor …

The author, on the trail at five. Taking kids camping is a great way to encourage them to explore the outdoors and connect with nature. (Photo: Mary Burnette)

Camping Traditions Provide Best Family Memories

Camping comes in all styles but traditional camping trips are perhaps the most special. When I was young, my parents took me and my two older sisters for three weeks …

More and more kids are using mobile devices. By 'digitizing the outdoors,' it may be possible to harness that trend and connect more people to nature. (flickr | gnta)

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 …

Dr Oz Video

NWF on Dr. Oz Show’s “Dream Team”

  Today National Wildlife Federation had our first appearance on the Dr. Oz Show.   The show theme was “surviving summer” and as NWF Naturalist I joined Dr. Oz’s “Dream …

Monte Sano Civic Assoc, Pres. Marylynn Perry, Roxanne Paul & Team Leader Susan "Soos" Weber proudly display certificate. Photo by Jerry Green.

Monte Sano, Huntsville, Alabama celebrates Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

It seemed only appropriate that the community of Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama chose Earth Day to celebrate their recent certification as the first National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat® in the …

(flickr | Jonf728)

Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship.

Dan Siemann with his mom and son

Thanks Mom, for the gift of nature

Get inspired for Mother’s Day! Five touching stories about how moms gave the gift of nature.

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