Green Hour

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28,000 Green Hours … and Counting!

A new book inspires kids and parents to get outside

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Finding Time For A Green Hour

Life is full of ironies. In 2007, the National Wildlife Federation launched the Green Hour program, giving parents the tools to make the outdoors part of their children’s daily life. How?  …

A young photographer takes pictures of an insect in a tree. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anne Girton.

Share Your Family’s Outdoor Photos

From leaf-jumping to bird-watching to fort-building, the Green Hour group on the photo sharing site Flickr has it all! For more than a year, parents who believe in Be Out …

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Outdoor Kids: 365 Days Outside

You know that immense feeling of satisfaction after you achieve a goal? I want you to feel that same satisfaction this time next year, after you’ve spent 365 days outside …

Celebrating Solstice

Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum knows how to have a Green Hour even at the the darkest time of the year.

Outdoor Kids: Family Traditions

Two years ago, I started a family tradition of doing something outside with everyone together for the holidays. Each year, I propose a different activity, and we create memories together: …

Outdoor Kids: Watch The Sunrise

Fall and winter are great times to catch the sunrise. Watch Rebecca Cohen’s video and read her blog!

School Daze and Frog Craze

Mary Quattlebaum shares a favorite book about a scientist whose career resulted from a childhood love of frogs.

Outdoor Kids: Easy Fall Planting

I always say that planting spring-flowering bulbs in the fall is one of the easiest family planting activities ever. And, I usually wait until November to plant them. There are …

Outdoor Kids: Bike To School

With all of the fun fall weekend activities, sometimes we forget about the many ways during the week to get our kids outside. There are rituals that we can start …

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