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Buy Local and Get Your Kids Outdoors — A Christmas Tree Tale

I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to enjoy family time outdoors. As a busy parent, I’m also always looking for clever ways to make our family “To Do” list …

6 Outdoor Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Well, it’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s time for raking leaves (and jumping in them), sipping spiced cider, and enjoying all the wonderful …

Meri's dad helps get her fishing pole ready

Remembering the Good Times Outdoors with Dad

With Father’s Day approaching, I’ve been reminiscing on all the great times I spent outdoors with my father growing up. There were the camping trips at Meadow Creek, tubing adventures …

Photo courtesy of Governor's Office

Kids Pitch Tent on Maryland Government House Lawn

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 …

A Home-Grown Father’s Day Gift

One year my daughter made my husband what he considers his favorite Father’s Day gift: A garden.

Young boy smiling in front of a tree.

Protect Our Children from Toxic Air

In less than a minute you can help make a change for the health of our nation’s children and our nation’s wildlife.

Photo: Leslie Science and Nature Center

Video– Eagle’s flight: How Meaningful a Green Hour Can Be

I tell my son often that 90% of showing you care, whether about someone or something, is simply showing up.  I believe NWF’s Green Hour, holds that same promise of …

Gardening with Dad

The Gift of Gardening

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. …

Photo via Flickr's DRwise

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

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

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Kick ‘em Out! Be Out There Playing!

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 …

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