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The Secret Garden, Now with Dinosaurs! Two Views of One Trail

5/4/2011 // By Miles Grant

How many other activities could lead two very different children to two completely different places of happiness and contentment? 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 >

Phillip Colla, Carlsbad, California - First Place, Connecting People and Nature, Professional, 39th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest

9 Inspiring Quotes for Nature Photographers

4/25/2011 // By Anne Senft

Here are nine quotes to inspire shutterbugs of all ages. Which one is your favorite? 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 >

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 >

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 >

Photo taken by volunteer Walter Pickel

Springing Into Action! NWF Volunteers Take on Bald Point State Park

3/11/2011 // By Jenna Peters

A dreary forecast of 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms did not scare away National Wildlife Federation’s committed volunteers this past weekend! As the clouds rolled in Saturday morning so did 20 volunteers eager to begin planting and seeding at […] Read more >

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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 >

No Child Left Inside- Be Out There!

3/4/2011 // By Kim Martinez

No Child Left Inside How often do kids spend time outdoors in unstructured play? Not too often nowadays. If you think your kids are getting that outdoor time at school, you might be surprised to find out that schools are […] Read more >