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Bear Mountain State Park, one of my favorite local parks.  Photo by Dave Overcash.

Today is Kids to Parks Day!

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, we didn’t have easy access to what everyone thinks of as America’s iconic parks—getting to Yellowstone or Yosemite required …

Save Wildlife One Chapter at a Time

When I was a child growing up in the urban wilds of Los Angeles, my favorite place was a local park with a natural hillside trail that my sisters, brothers …

Ranger Rick's Summer Bucket List

Get Ranger Rick’s New Printable: The Ultimate Summer Bucket List with 30 Ideas for Outdoor Fun

Happy first day of summer! Hopefully you’re kicking it off with the Great American Backyard Campout tomorrow. If you need some more ideas for how to celebrate summer, we’ve got …

butterfly on flower by JF Bruzan

5 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Learn About Butterflies Day

Spring is in the air, and that means that soon something else will be in the air: butterflies! March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day, so spend some time outside …

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Voters Across the Political Spectrum Agree: Kids Need to Get…

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Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to…

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My Run in With a Mountain Lion

Dirt can be beneficial for kids (flickr | Mandajuice)

Dressing for Success for Kids Means Getting Dirty

NWF’s new report, The Dirt on Dirt, brings back memories for me about the joy that being dirty provides kids. When my oldest son was 9 or 10 he went to his …

Less than 4 miles from a coal-fired power plant, my kids enjoyed this beach only once the past 2 years.

Big Week to Protect Kids from Mercury

Our kids need to spend more time outside experiencing nature, developing an appreciation for wildlife and the habitat that birds, fish, butterflies and everything else (including us) depend upon.  My …

6 Ways to Honor Veterans and the Great Outdoors this Nov. 11

  I grew up in a military family as passionate about recycling and nature as it was about patriotism and public service. I guess it’s no surprise these twin passions drive …

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