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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 […] Read more >

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 Read more >

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. Read more >

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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? Read more >

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 >

Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife via Flickr

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 >