connecting to nature

Jessica Deere

Guest Post: A New Appreciation for Connecting Kids to Nature

This post was written by Emory University student and NWF intern Jessica Deere. Growing up in a rural town in southeast Missouri, I never realized children could be disconnected from …

Awarding of Eco-Schools USA 'Green Flag' at Savannah Country Day School (Laura Hickey)

First Eco-Schools USA “Green Flag” Awarded

On April 28th, I traveled to Savannah with my colleague, NaTaki Osborne Jelks, to visit the Savannah Country Day School Lower School (SCDS).  SCDS was one of the first schools …

Breakout session at the Young Leaders Assembly (Crystal Webb)

Guest Post: At Young Leaders Assembly, ‘Doers’ Look to the Future of Conservation

Crystal Webb joined the NWF Southeast Regional Center in 2011 as Oil Spill Response Manager.  Prior to coming to NWF she was in management consulting focusing her practice in organizational …

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Young, and Leading the Movement to Connect with Nature

I hope I can be forgiven for saying that the conservation movement, like any community, can sometimes seem a bit like a how-many-does-it-take-to-screw-in-a-light-bulb-ready clique. I work with pretty much the …

Spring Greening: Obama Calls for Americans to “Get Outside!”

Spring is around the corner and Americans are excited to get back outside! The Obama Administration agrees, yesterday releasing the America’s Great Outdoors report, which serves as a blueprint for how …

Getting Outside for Grandma

My maternal grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She was 92—born the same day the Allies beat back German forces in the Battle of Amiens during World War I. I had …

Steps For Activating Kids: Get Outside

Usually I blog about climate change, but right now my mind is on running and jumping. Or lack thereof. I just read an interesting (and scary) post over at the …

National Summit: Connecting Children and the Outdoors

Did you know that the average American child spends 53 hours per week staring at some kind of electronic screen? Today, National Wildlife Federation hosted a national summit on children and the outdoors to explore the indoor childhood problem and what we can all do at the local, state and federal level to halt this dangerous trend.

Want to Raise Environmentalists? Let Your Kids Go “Wild”

Several studies in recent years have shown that children who grow up exposed to nature reap psychological, emotional and physical rewards from that connection. Now, a new report has uncovered …

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