Green Hour

Exploring New Places

Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum picks some great books about nature that’s not necessarily in your backyard.

Time Out Fuels Classroom Performance

For kids these days, back to school sometimes means back indoors. In fact, the opposite should be the case—NWF has compiled vast research connecting the dots between classroom performance and …

Outdoor Kids: Digging

Whether you’re searching for sand crabs, or planting a flower, digging is a great way to explore the outdoors.

Week Six: A Tree of My Very Own

Check out Jennifer Ward’s tree-based activities–and learn how to “just be.”

Outdoor Kids: A “Child’s Eye” View

Recently, I had the urge to try something new outside. My boys, ages 5 and 7, had finished formal summer camp experiences and it was the week that I had …

Your Child’s “Happy Place”

How often do you visit your “happy place?” It’s that spot in which you feel safe, centered, joyous, soothed–and it’s all in your mind. For many adults, it’s a place …

Outdoor Kids: Dawn and Dusk

Rebecca Cohen has a strategy for getting the family outside even on hot days. Find out what it is!

Week Five: Handy Plants

Jenny Ward, author of Let’s Go Outside, tells how to collect “seed stowaways.”

Outdoor Kids: Rain Play

On a hot summer day, sometimes its hard to keep up with new ways of staying cool. One may not have access to a pool, beach, or local swimming hole. …

Week Four: Bird Nest Discovery

Hunt for bird nests with Jennifer Ward, author of Let’s Go Outside and I Love Dirt.

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