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5 Ways to Unplug and Connect with Your Family for Earth Day

4/11/2011 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Are you ready for Earth Day? Help your family embrace nature on April 22 by doing more than just hugging a tree with these activities from Rebecca P. Cohen’s new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of […] Read more >

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Spring Winds and Green Things

3/29/2011 // By Mary Quattlebaum

In spring, to borrow a few poetic phrases from Alfred Lord Tennyson, a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … kite flying, dirt digging, seed planting and other outdoor activities. Read more >

5 Ways to Lure Teens Off the Couch and Outside

3/25/2011 // By Anne Cissel

As a mom of two teenage girls, I’m more than often hearing the same old excuse,

“There’s nothing to do outside”

“I’m bored.”

It frustrates me to see them on the couch wasting their valuable time watching TV or playing video games when they could be outside enjoying the outdoors, co-existing with nature, getting some exercise, and being with friends. Read more >

Get Real, Get Outside

3/25/2011 // By Amanda Stone

What are you missing when you’re looking at screens? Play Again, a documentary shown as part of DC’s Environmental Film Festival, tackled this question, portraying the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds facing today’s children (and let’s admit […] Read more >

Boy munching on trowel

It’s in the dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter

3/9/2011 // By Anne Cissel

Dirt can be good for you? That’s what recent scientific research is telling us. So — pass the mud pies! Read more >

No Child Left Inside- Be Out There!

3/4/2011 // By Kim Martinez

No Child Left Inside How often do kids spend time outdoors in unstructured play? Not too often nowadays. If you think your kids are getting that outdoor time at school, you might be surprised to find out that schools are […] Read more >

Outdoor Play for Baby Boomers: An Audio Archive

3/4/2011 // By Mary Collins

Welcome to the Free Play Project, which celebrates the history of unstructured, spontaneous play for children in the United States by gathering audio recordings of people’s memories of stickball, marbles, and other outdoor games. Read more >

Celebrate National Wildlife Week with 15 Minutes Outside

3/1/2011 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Want to know how you can celebrate National Wildlife Week right in your backyard? Head outside for 15 minutes each day the week of March 14-20 to notice the nature in your neighborhood with these five activities Read more >

Green Hearts for Valentine’s Day

2/7/2011 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Get tips for having a “green” Valentine’s Day with your kids this year. Read more >

Got Snow? Track Animals in Your Neighborhood!

2/2/2011 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Depending on where you live, right now there may be snow, ice, or mud. Regardless of the weather conditions, we can all have fun when it comes to noticing wildlife. Read more >