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Toys and Nature: They Can Play Nice

11/6/2013 // By Meri-Margaret Deoudes

There has been a bit of discussion lately around the entertainment value of toys vs. natural, outdoor experiences for kids. So which is cooler? Toys or nature; nature or toys? Our question is, “Why does it have to be either …


Cool Plants for Kids: 8 that Explode, Eat Bugs, or Stick to You

10/22/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson.  Be Out There is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors online community to help more kids and families explore the outdoors! By sharing ideas and resources through guest blogs, we’re working to bring …


How Do You Get Outside When It’s Hot Out There?

6/18/2013 // By Lindsay Legendre

“It’s too hot to go outside today!” You’ve heard it before. Heck, you’ve probably said it yourself. I know I have! When it gets hot, it’s easy to forgo an outdoor adventure for the cool comfort of air conditioning, but …

Holiday gifts ideas for outdoor play.

Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Play: Think Outside the (X) Box

11/9/2012 // By Lindsay Legendre

We have updated gift ideas for 2013! Check out some Gifts for Kids Who Love Animals >> Paging through the latest toy catalog from one of my favorite department stores, I noticed not one of the kid’s holiday toys encouraged …

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Don’t Be a Stranger to the Outdoors

5/17/2012 // By Guest Author

Guest Post By Alyson Weinberg Many contemporary adults fondly remember roaming freely around the neighborhood as kids. Whether riding bikes, exploring a stream, or walking to a nearby store, children only two decades ago had a kind of freedom to explore the …

The new Healthy Living pathway is designed to provide schools with tools to promote physical activity,  regular time outdoors and creative play.

Eco-Schools USA’s Healthy Living Pathway to Get Students Outside and Active

5/9/2012 // By Kate Hofmann

Schools prepare students for the future, and a lifetime of good health is one of the most important legacies we can give to our children. Unfortunately, America’s youth are up against some steep odds: Childhood obesity has tripled over the …


Green Education Funding Remains in Limbo after White House Summit on Environmental Education

4/17/2012 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

  Today I attended the first ever White House Summit on environmental education.  There were speakers ranging from Richard Louv to NASCAR.  The Presidential Environmental Youth Awardees were inspiring.  And it was wonderful to hear Education Secretary Arne Duncan express …

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Little Things Can Make a BIG Impression

4/5/2012 // By Lindsay Legendre

I didn’t grow up gardening a lot, my parents never really talked to me about global warming, and I don’t regularly hike or mountain climb. Regardless, I have developed an overwhelming love and connection to the great outdoors. There are …


Five Ways to Embrace Mud This Spring

3/28/2012 // By Carla Brown

A mom shares her tips on surviving, and thriving, during the mud of spring.

My son and I with Ranger Rick circa 2002

Happy Birthday to Ranger Rick from One Colleague to Another

3/13/2012 // By Becky Lentz

I asked my mother what she remembers about getting Ranger Rick magazine for her four daughters: “Ranger Rick had good pictures, activities, stories, all the things you liked.” She also said, “Sometimes I would save them for bad times.” Hmm. …