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Don’t Be a Stranger to the Outdoors

5/17/2012 // By Guest Author

Guest Post By Alyson Weinberg Many contemporary adults fondly remember roaming freely around the neighborhood as kids. Whether riding bikes, exploring a stream, or walking to a nearby store, children only two decades ago had a kind of freedom to explore the […] Read more >

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Children and Nature: What We Know, What We Are Learning & What We Need To Do

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

My colleagues and I here at Texas A&M University, along with researchers at the University of Tennessee and the National Forest Service, have been collaborating over the last few years to develop and conduct studies to increase our understanding of that relationship. Read more >

Budding Photographer_Photo credit_kidinuraj_Flickr

Take Action: All Kids Need Access to Safe Green Spaces!

5/10/2012 // By Danielle Moodie-Mills

When I was an elementary school teacher, I wanted to provide my students with experiences and opportunities that many of them wouldn’t traditionally get outside of school— access to the outdoors being one of them. Although I taught in a city where […] Read more >

Dirt can be beneficial for kids (flickr | Mandajuice)

Dressing for Success for Kids Means Getting Dirty

4/13/2012 // By Mary Burnette

NWF’s new report, The Dirt on Dirt, brings back memories for me about the joy that being dirty provides kids. When my oldest son was 9 or 10 he went to his first sleep-away camp with the Boy Scouts. He spent weeks […] Read more >

The Author at age 3 at Mt Rainier National Park Photo: Bryn Fluharty

Getting Kids Outside to Inspire a Love of Nature

4/4/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Today we face numerous challenges in conservation. Wild lands are falling to development, pollution runs into once clean waters and climate change threatens our natural systems as we know them. The need to unite behind these issues has never been […] Read more >

It's important for parents to instill a love of the outdoors early in their kids' lives (flickr | dmhergert)

Study: Many Young Kids’ Parents Don’t Take Them Outside

4/4/2012 // By Max Greenberg

It’s truly spring—though a bit too warm—when a kid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of running around outside. Unfortunately, many young children may not be getting the chance, per a new study published online by the Archives of Pediatrics & […] Read more >

NWF Celebrates with Military Kids and Families in the Great Outdoors

4/3/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

On Sunday, April 1st, NWF’s Be Out There campaign joined the Sierra Club, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Military Family Association, and more than twenty other organizations at an event to kick off the Month of the Military […] Read more >

U.S. Forest Service Announces $1 Million in Kids and Nature Grants

3/29/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Reflecting on the most awe-inspiring moments of my life, I realize that virtually all of them took place in the great outdoors with family members by my side. What I was lucky enough to see and do in nature as […] Read more >

Skipper on coneflower

“Let’s Go for a Walk” and Other Loving Invitations

3/22/2012 // By Kelly Senser

I LOVE YOU isn’t always expressed in those exact words, but the message is just as sweet to my ears. When my 11-year-old daughter says “Let’s go for a walk, Mom,” I pause, smile and promptly put on my sneakers. […] Read more >

My son and I with Ranger Rick circa 2002

Happy Birthday to Ranger Rick from One Colleague to Another

3/13/2012 // By Becky Lentz

I asked my mother what she remembers about getting Ranger Rick magazine for her four daughters: “Ranger Rick had good pictures, activities, stories, all the things you liked.” She also said, “Sometimes I would save them for bad times.” Hmm. […] Read more >