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Coal, Kids and America’s Classrooms

I bet you remember the powerful and persistent Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning “Erin Brockovich” who is an impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history around the …

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The Secret Garden, Now with Dinosaurs! Two Views of One Trail

How many other activities could lead two very different children to two completely different places of happiness and contentment?

Green Ribbon Schools announced by Dept of Education

Green Ribbon Schools: The Win-Win Scenario our Students Need!

Written by: Danielle Moodie-Mills and Jenna Peters The U.S. Department of Education announced today the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools that have taken great …

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People!

  Today I’m attending the Healthy Parks, Healthy People conference at the Institute for the Golden Gate outside of San Francisco.  It is a gathering of a surprisingly diverse mix …

Outdoor Play in the 20s and 30s: An Audio Archive

Read about the Free Play Project, which aims to collect recorded stories about outdoor games played by Americans of different generations.

Urban Wildlife Inspires Greater Need for Healthy Communities

This past weekend, I was inspired by one of the most awesome spectacles I’ve witnessed since moving to the nation’s capital: On my ride home from some Christmas shopping, I …

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Ho, Ho, Ho! The Season’s Best Family Outdoor Fun from the Web

Ranger Rick editor Libby Schleichert offers the best outdoor nature activities for the holiday season.

Get To Know Contest

Get To Know Contest: Enter Your Child’s Nature-Inspired Artwork

Enter your kids’ nature-inspired drawings, video, photos, or writing in the Get To Know Contest by November 30.

Nature Calms The Mind, Brain Scans Prove

I know how much calmer I feel when I’m surrounded by the natural world, but now there is really good science to explain why. New research published in the journal …

Time For Some Serious Play

This week, National Wildlife Federation will turn Twitter and Facebook into a virtual playground – and inspire people to turn the computer off and play outside! 6 Ways To Play …

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