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Help Bugs—and Birds—By Growing Native Plants

5/9/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Like most environmentally-friendly gardeners, I’ve long known that it’s better to cultivate native than nonnative plants. Adapted to local conditions, natives thrive better—and with less water and other expensive inputs such as fertilizer—than do most exotics. Natives also are less …

Upcoming Austin Event: Tour the New Demonstration Wildlife Habitat

5/1/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

Join the National Wildlife Federation in celebrating the new Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom in Austin! Making Space for Wildlife in Schoolyards Gardening for wildlife begins this month encouraging and celebrating those who make a difference …

National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Lara Hardesty.

Vote for the Face of Garden for Wildlife Month

4/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

Ready? Set? Spring! As you start to welcome Spring to your backyard, which of our contenders for the “Face of Garden for Wildlife Month” are you most excited to see? Meet the contenders, vote for your favorite, and help us …

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My Green Roof Halloween Costume

10/31/2012 // By Carla Brown

This year’s recycled Halloween costume was inspired by the green roof at PS41 in New York City – our hearts are with the teachers and students today!

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Green Roof Inspires New York School: Video

10/9/2012 // By Carla Brown

I grew up watching movies set in New York City, so I have many pre-conceived images of life there. A peaceful garden on top of a school was not one of those images. PS 41 is this magical school with the …

Kindergartners congregate on the Greenroof Environmental Learning Laboratory, PS 41, Manhattan. NWF photo by Carla Brown.

Greening the Way for our Kids’ Future

10/4/2012 // By Emily Maxwell

We all need an oasis. Standing on New York City Eco-School PS41’s new green roof, I found a truly inspiring one.  Seeing the whole sky, feeling the late summer breeze, smelling fresh herbs, and hearing the happy exclamations of PS41’s …

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#Squirrels4good and Your Nature Favorites

5/8/2012 // By Danielle Brigida

We all have them: certain wildlife visitors that bring us joy and excitement when we happen to see them. I think it’s important to celebrate not only the animals that inspire awe like the polar bear, but also the everyday animals …

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Animals That Grow Gardens

5/7/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

May is Gardening for Wildlife Month, in which green thumbs cultivate plants specifically to provide homes and food for wild animals. However, some animals take the role of cultivator into their own, uh, hands and grow their own gardens. Here …

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“Let’s Go for a Walk” and Other Loving Invitations

3/22/2012 // By Kelly Senser

I LOVE YOU isn’t always expressed in those exact words, but the message is just as sweet to my ears. When my 11-year-old daughter says “Let’s go for a walk, Mom,” I pause, smile and promptly put on my sneakers. …

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6 Gifts Birds are “Tweeting” about this Holiday Season

11/26/2011 // By Anne Senft

Attract more birds to your backyard this holiday season by providing them the things they need most.

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