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Wanda Whiteside recommends camping for everyone

One Night of Camping Changed Wanda’s World

6/19/2013 // By Carla Brown

Wanda slept outside in a tent for the first time as a grandmother with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout – and she recommends the experience for everyone. Read more >

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Birds, Butterflies and Backyard Discoveries: New Book Offers Tips for Wildlife Gardening with Kids

5/7/2013 // By Ellen Lambeth

Touch a Butterfly, by April Pulley Sayre, is a delightful read. Its goal is to get families—kids included—outside and in touch with the natural world through gardening. But it is so much more than a guide. It’s a learning process, […] Read more >

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5 Reasons to Download Ranger Rick Apps for Kids, Now On Sale for Earth Day

4/22/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Have you downloaded the newest Ranger Rick iPad® apps yet? If not, your family is missing out! Ranger Rick now has digital fun for kids of all ages, starting with Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures™: Lions for 4–7 year olds. It’s […] Read more >

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5 Fun Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with Your Kids

4/19/2013 // By Aislinn Maestas

Earth Day is almost here! Are you ready? If not, no worries. There is still plenty of time to plan a fun activity to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with your kids. Here are a few of my favorites: Visit […] Read more >

Tree Time: A Kids’ Guide to Tree Facts and Fun

3/20/2013 // By Lindsay Legendre

“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,” wrote poet Joyce Kilmer. In addition to their beauty, trees are regal and leafy friends that play an important role in our environment and serve all […] Read more >

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Ranger Rick Through the Years

3/14/2013 // By Mary Dalheim

Ranger Rick magazine has entertained children and educated them about wildlife for more than 45 years. It all started with the January 1967 issue of NWF’s Ranger Rick’s Nature Magazine, and since then, America’s favorite raccoon has hosted more than 515 awesome issues! Read more >

Green Your Screen Time: Make digital technology your ally in getting kids outside

3/5/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Kimblerly Burger Capozzi As kids spend more time with their electronic gadgets and less time playing outside, the gadgets themselves may seem like the problem. But did you know that those blinking screens can actually help get […] Read more >

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Ranger Rick Magazines Win Gold

2/21/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

We’re proud to announce that both Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines were recently awarded gold medals by the Parents’ Choice Foundation! The Parents’ Choice Awards is the nation’s oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children’s media. In […] Read more >

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The Best Apps for Kids who Love Animal Facts

2/15/2013 // By Carla Brown

Find out which wildlife-themed kids apps engaged my kids and hopefully they will inspire your kids to care about wildlife too! Read more >

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Give Kids a Break: Academy of Pediatrics Recognizes Value of Recess

1/4/2013 // By Mary Burnette

The new policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics about the importance of recess time brought back some vivid memories of my days on the playground. At the risk of aging myself, I remember when my grammar school in San […] Read more >