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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 >

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My Life with a Raccoon

12/6/2012 // By NWF

Please join us in wishing a very happy retirement to Donna Miller, NWF’s art director, who worked at Ranger Rick magazine for 40 years! We thought you’d enjoy reading more about her amazing career. Read more >

Oceanway Middle School on Earth Day with new outdoor classroom. Flickr photo by JAXPORT.

What the Election Means for Environmental Education Moving Forward

11/29/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

When the dust settled on November 6 and election-weary minds began to assess how their issues would fair in a second Obama Administration, the first feeling I emoted was relief. Over the past four years environmental education has found both a […] Read more >

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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 […] Read more >

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Getting Kids Back Outside—NWF Tackles the Problem

10/10/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

Our announcement of NWF’s 10 Million Kids Outdoors goal reminds me of a journey that dramatizes the serious nature of the problem we face. On a flight from Washington D.C. to San Francisco I found sitting in the window seat […] Read more >

Kindergartners congregate on the Greenroof Environmental Learning Laboratory, PS 41, Manhattan. NWF photo by Carla Brown.

Greening the Way for our Kids’ Future

10/4/2012 // By Emily Maxwell

We all need an oasis. Standing on New York City Eco-School PS41’s new green roof, I found a truly inspiring one.  Seeing the whole sky, feeling the late summer breeze, smelling fresh herbs, and hearing the happy exclamations of PS41’s […] Read more >

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Toad Hunting with Grandpa

9/11/2012 // By Anne Bolen

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and didn’t really experience wilderness until I was in college. But because of my grandfather’s creative imagination, I learned that to discover the magic of nature, one need not look farther […] Read more >

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Damselflies, Dragonflies and Unexpected Discoveries

8/10/2012 // By Kelly Senser

I’ve got a new hideout. At least that’s what my son calls it—the natural area by the stream down the street. We had stopped by the other day, hoping to catch a glimpse of some tadpoles. We discovered so much […] Read more >

Great Outdoors America Week: OAK/Sierra Club Briefing on Military Kids and Outdoors

6/29/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

On Wednesday, June 27th, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and the Sierra Club hosted a briefing on military kids and the outdoors. In a sense, military kids serve right alongside their deployed parents. These children carry the burden of “holding […] Read more >

Hope for Tomorrow: Disney’s Youth Conservation Summit

6/7/2012 // By Meri-Margaret Deoudes

In a presidential election year with vitriolic politics at its best in decades, it is difficult to fathom the path to a more sustainable future. For me, this is particularly true living in the DC area and working for an […] Read more >