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Kids Pitch Tent on Maryland Government House Lawn

6/17/2011 // By Kim Martinez

Research shows that kids are spending an average of 7 hours 38 minutes per day connected to technology, while only spending an average of 7 minutes per day in unstructured play.  While kids are engaged in organized sports, there isn’t […] Read more >

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Thousands Attend Green Schools Summit

6/9/2011 // By Kim Martinez

Thousands of Maryland students attended the “Green Schools Summit” at Sandy Point State Park on Friday. Students, teachers, and parents enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day on the water as they investigated over 50 learning stations, environmental campaign workshops, and a […] Read more >

Celebrating National Endangered Species Day in Your Own Backyard

5/19/2011 // By Austin Kane

National Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 20th.  The day probably makes most people immediately think of pandas, polar bears, and gorillas or other charismatic mega fauna.  And, of course, we must work tirelessly to protect these species.  I was […] Read more >

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The Gift of Gardening

5/10/2011 // By Kim Martinez

With warmer weather, I have been anxious to spend time in my backyard. It’s that time of year to pull out the shovels, the gardening tools, the dusty bird feeder. Half the battle was getting everything I needed out of […] Read more >

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Throwing Maryland’s Renewable Energy Goals in the Trash?

5/6/2011 // By NWF

Guest post by Jen Mihills. Maryland has an excellent tool for boosting clean energy in the state, and helping combat global climate change while reduce air pollution. The states Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires electricity suppliers to secure 20% […] Read more >

Celebrating Earth Day in the Middle of the Chesapeake Bay

4/28/2011 // By Hilary Harp Falk

It’s been twenty five years since I started making the ferry trip from Crisfield, Maryland over to Smith Island – a small fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.  I know it’s been that long because of a  […] Read more >

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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 […] 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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What Does it Take to Become a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat Like Takoma Park, Maryland?

3/18/2011 // By Kim Martinez

“A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community–in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.” National Wildlife Federation It Takes Commitment […] Read more >

Good Jobs and Clean Energy

3/11/2011 // By Jen Mihills

Marylanders are looking 10 miles off the coast for good jobs and clean energy.  The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act is currently being considered in the General Assembly and has the support of labor unions and environmental organizations alike. With […] Read more >