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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

5/5/2011 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

For me, Mother’s Day is the best with an outdoor experience that engages multiple generations. In my new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, I describe a day trip …


Kick ‘em Out! Be Out There Playing!

4/26/2011 // By Kim Martinez

Where Did You Go? Out. Last week my boss handed me an article written about Robert Paul Smith’s Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing., a best seller in 1957 and now reissued in response to the …

Green Ribbon Schools announced by Dept of Education

Green Ribbon Schools: The Win-Win Scenario our Students Need!

4/26/2011 // By Jenna Peters

Written by: Danielle Moodie-Mills and Jenna Peters The U.S. Department of Education announced today the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools that have taken great strides in greening their curricula, buildings, school grounds and overall …

Bring on the Birds

Celebrate Birds and Poetry This Spring

4/25/2011 // By Mary Quattlebaum

April brings backyard birds and National Poetry Month! Your family can celebrate with a delightful rhyming picture book, Bring on the Birds

Amtrak Kids Depot website

As if trains weren’t already fun enough…

4/21/2011 // By Hannah Schardt

All aboard! Amtrak’s new kids’ website offers fun games that test memory, problem-solving, and environmental know-how.

Photo/ iStock

Natural Playscapes: The Future of the Playground?

4/15/2011 // By Anne Cissel

Ever heard of a natural playscape? No? Before I tell you what it is, take a moment now and imagine the typical playground you see in neighborhoods across the country. Does it look something like this?

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (right) signs a bill proposed by Jacob Robinson, 8, (left) on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy of the Governors Press Office

8-Year-Old Shows Power of Speaking Up for Nature

4/14/2011 // By Kristy Myers

As the Maryland General Assembly wrapped this week there was a bill signing that was important for us conservationists because it addressed an important issue – Invasive Plant Species. For those of us parents who believe in connecting our kids …


Let’s Get Dirty: Fun Mud Activities

4/4/2011 // By Guest Author

Playing in the mud is good, clean fun—for kids of all ages.

Girl exploring the garden

Spring Winds and Green Things

3/29/2011 // By Mary Quattlebaum

In spring, to borrow a few poetic phrases from Alfred Lord Tennyson, a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … kite flying, dirt digging, seed planting and other outdoor activities.

5 Ways to Lure Teens Off the Couch and Outside

3/25/2011 // By Anne Cissel

As a mom of two teenage girls, I’m more than often hearing the same old excuse,

“There’s nothing to do outside”

“I’m bored.”

It frustrates me to see them on the couch wasting their valuable time watching TV or playing video games when they could be outside enjoying the outdoors, co-existing with nature, getting some exercise, and being with friends.