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Child hugging tree, North Carolina

Photo of the Day: Tree Hugger

5/16/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Happy Love A Tree Day! There are a bunch of reasons to love trees: they produce oxygen, give us shade, prevent soil erosion, provide food and shelter for animals… the list goes on! If you certify your garden as a […] Read more >

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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 >

STEM Leaders Agree on Relevancy of Environmental Education for Kids of Color

5/7/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Whether it’s at the elementary, undergraduate or professional level, we have a long way to go when it comes to diversity in the “STEM,” or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career fields. That much is clear. What may be less evident, […] Read more >

NWF Invites You to a Free Advance Screening of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

2/2/2012 // By Jaclyn McDougal

National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to inspire families to get outdoors, to explore nature and to learn about the incredible wildlife in their own backyard. As part of our partnership we […] Read more >

Photo: Michael Devlin

Study: Kids in Green Neighborhoods Play Outside More

1/10/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Sometimes it takes academia a while to catch up with things we ‘know’ at a gut level. Case in point: a recent study published in the International Journal of Health Geographics, Tweeted along by childhood researcher and “play advocate” Tim […] Read more >

We hiked Pilot Mountain State Park the day after Thanksgiving while visiting family in North Carolina.

A Resolution Good for the Whole Family: 5 Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

12/31/2011 // By Kristy Myers

I have to start by saying that New Year’s resolutions aren’t really my thing. All too often my resolutions hit the dust bin after the first or second week of the new year because, like all goals, they require planning […] Read more >

My daughter enjoying nature in our backyard

Operation Fairy Garden

12/14/2011 // By Julia Liljegren

Joy. That feeling of intense happiness and gratification we experience when we discover something new or thrilling, or achieve something meaningful to us. I experienced joy just this past weekend.   My husband and I surprised our daughter for her 8th […] Read more >

Less than 4 miles from a coal-fired power plant, my kids enjoyed this beach only once the past 2 years.

Big Week to Protect Kids from Mercury

12/12/2011 // By Frank Szollosi

Our kids need to spend more time outside experiencing nature, developing an appreciation for wildlife and the habitat that birds, fish, butterflies and everything else (including us) depend upon.  My family would love to spend more time at this great […] Read more >

The Impossibly-Busy Parents’ Guide To Getting Kids Outdoors

9/3/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

Many parents experience mornings and evenings as a race against time.  Each weekday they get themselves and the kids up, dressed, fed, packed and off to school or daycare.  The evenings aren’t much better: fighting traffic to retrieve the kids […] Read more >

June - Great Outdoors Month

Has Your Governor Submitted a Great Outdoors Month Proclamation?

5/24/2011 // By Jenna Peters

America’s extensive and diverse outdoor spaces are a source of great national pride, and we have long strived to protect them for future generations. Great Outdoors Month highlights the benefits of getting outdoors and enjoying our wonderful shared resources of […] Read more >