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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 […] Read more >

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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. Read more >

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. Read more >

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. Read more >

Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal

Congrats, Ranger Rick!

3/25/2011 // By Hannah Schardt

As the newest editor on the Ranger Rick staff, I can take exactly none of the credit for the magazine’s most recent big award. But I can already see the everyday, behind-the-scenes work that makes these magazines so extraordinary. Potty humor, anyone? Read more >

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Sportsmen Speak Out: Air Pollution Threatens Hunting and Fishing Traditions

3/23/2011 // By Jenny Kordick

    Findings from a new NWF report are hitting sportsmen and women close to home. The report highlights a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers that are threatened by toxic air pollution and climate change. The […] Read more >

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a student reporter roundtable with Gabriel Roy, Time for Kids, Helen Onufer, National Geographic for Kids, Alexandria Zhang, Scholastic, Daniel Symons, Ranger Rick in the Children's Garden of the White House, March 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

An Afternoon at the White House: Junior Ranger Rick Reporter Chats with Michelle Obama

3/18/2011 // By Anne Cissel

As we reported last week, 6th-grader junior Ranger Rick reporter Daniel Symons got the AMAZING opportunity to chat with Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday about the Let’s Move! campaign. Daniel and three other junior reporters watched the […] Read more >

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Wildlife That Move Us: A Week-Long Celebration

3/14/2011 // By Kelly Senser

IN 1938, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT helped National Wildlife Federation launch its first National Wildlife Restoration Week. Held annually ever since, National Wildlife Week (as it is now known) is the Federation’s longest-running education program. Though its topic of focus […] Read more >

Michelle Obama in the White House Garden

Junior Ranger Rick Reporter to Interview First Lady

3/11/2011 // By Anne Cissel

On March 16, 11-year-old Daniel Symons will chat with First Lady Michelle Obama about her garden and the Let’s Move! campaign — at the White House! Read more >

Boy munching on trowel

It’s in the dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter

3/9/2011 // By Anne Cissel

Dirt can be good for you? That’s what recent scientific research is telling us. So — pass the mud pies! Read more >