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Bundle Up and Be Out There!

1/10/2014 // By Kristen Hendricksen

This winter, Be Out There is encouraging you to get outdoors with your kids! Traditionally, conversation about the weather is what most people would call small talk: informal and unimportant. However, when we discovered that weather is the biggest barrier […] Read more >

Students collect herbs on PS 41′s greenroof in Manhattan. Photo: Megan Westervelt

Three NYC Eco-Schools Collaborate on Green Roof Curriculum Guide

1/7/2014 // By Emily Fano

Guest post by Amy Sirot Schools interested in green roofs may soon have a valuable new tool: a green roof curriculum guide created by three NYC Eco-Schools. The guide will offer a curriculum that connects green roofs to existing NYC […] Read more >

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Your New Year’s Resolution To Get Outside More – 26 Ideas from A-Z

1/3/2014 // By Carla Brown

Here’s a resolution that can help you lose weight, connect more with your kids or grandkids, and feel more at peace. You can do this – just get outside for a new activity every two weeks. It’s the perfect way […] Read more >

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Three Wildlife-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

1/2/2014 // By Felice Stadler

It’s time to set that New Year’s Resolution–For 2014, think Wildlife! Tis the season, where everyone is mulling over clever New Year’s resolutions—fresh ones, ones not too outrageous and out of reach that success becomes impossible. What would be a […] Read more >

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Working to Connect Youth with Nature

12/19/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Ruby Lyon I joined National Wildlife Federation’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, with a goal of both addressing urban “green” development while also fostering an appreciation for this development within youth. I envisioned urban areas with an array of […] Read more >

Ten NYC Eco-Schools Raise Over $43,000 With ioby

12/17/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Amy Sirot Ten NYC Eco-Schools are in the midst of an exciting collaboration with ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighborhood projects. Each school has chosen a worthy greening project in need of funding, ranging from a recycling program […] Read more >

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Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals

12/10/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Many of my close friends have young children now, and though the kids are all different ages (2 – 10), they have one thing in common: they all like animals. So, this holiday season I went searching for gifts that […] Read more >

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Toys and Nature: They Can Play Nice

11/6/2013 // By Meri-Margaret Deoudes

There has been a bit of discussion lately around the entertainment value of toys vs. natural, outdoor experiences for kids. So which is cooler? Toys or nature; nature or toys? Our question is, “Why does it have to be either […] Read more >

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Kayaking Kids: Nonprofits Give Urban Youth a Chance to Explore

10/31/2013 // By Guest Author

This is a guest post by Denise Poyer of Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association. The kids got off the bus and looked around nervously at the flowing river, the trees and the lack of buildings. After spraying themselves thoroughly with insect repellent, […] Read more >

Amalia Espinoza, Raymond Sierra, Jaelon Lopez—students at Pleasant Hill Elementary—search the cactus for bugs!

Discovery Hill—A Schoolyard Habitat Proof of Concept

10/29/2013 // By Marya Fowler

On the way back to school one girl in my class said, “What fun…I love that place” and another said “I wish we could go everyday” and a boy remarked, “I just didn’t know we could find so many animals.” […] Read more >