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Aurora borealis over a campsite

Photo of the Day: Nature’s Light Show

6/20/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights Photo by Flickr member chaines9 See more of chaines9′s photos on Flickr >> Plans this weekend? Saturday, June 23rd is the Great American Backyard Campout – an annual event hosted by the National Wildlife Federation that …

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

6/14/2012 // By Mary Burnette

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 of backpacking in the high country of Yosemite every summer. Yosemite …

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12 Ways Nature Can Help You Forecast Weather

3/12/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The weather. Wherever you go, there it is, sometimes adding perfection to a day or night, sometimes ruining the best laid plans. But to be forewarned is to be forearmed, if by armed you mean having a rain suit at …

Outdoor Adventure Camp Volunteers Named Conservation Heroes

10/12/2011 // By Kelly Senser

For advancing the cause of conservation by turning on young people to the joys and thrills of outdoor sports, Tommie and Theresa Berger were recently named finalists in Field & Stream magazine’s 2011 Conservation Hero of the Year competition. The …


How Did You Celebrate Great Outdoors Month?

6/29/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

  June is a special time to celebrate and enjoy the Great Outdoors, as proclaimed by President Obama and nearly all U.S. Governors.  This year, Great Outdoors month was full of all sorts of amazing events and activities around the …

Grin and Gummy Bear It: The Great American Backyard Campout

6/20/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Camping is sweet, especially when there are gummy bears involved. These tasty critters are gearing up for the Great American Backyard Campout on June 25, 2011. So can you. The Campout is a great opportunity for kids and parents to connect …

Meri's dad helps get her fishing pole ready

Remembering the Good Times Outdoors with Dad

6/17/2011 // By Aislinn Maestas

With Father’s Day approaching, I’ve been reminiscing on all the great times I spent outdoors with my father growing up. There were the camping trips at Meadow Creek, tubing adventures down the Gila River, picnics at the City of Rocks …

Outdoor Fun Under the Sun at the White House

6/14/2011 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

I just got back from an amazing event on the South Lawn of the White House.  It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon and 50 youth from the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School had the opportunity to celebrate Great Outdoors …

Lesser long-nosed bat by Greg Tucker

Wildlife-Watching at Night: Five Species You May Spot in Your Backyard

6/1/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Welcome to June 2011—a month that has been designated Great Outdoors Month by President Barack Obama and by dozens of states across the country. Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we’re gearing up to celebrate the great outdoors with NWF’s Great American …

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Great American Backyard Campout: Seven Things to Do After Dark

5/18/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

That day on which thousands of people across the nation pitch tents and roll out sleeping bags is almost here—National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout,  slated this year for June 25. Camping, even for just a night in a …