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National Wildlife Week: Seattle’s Villa Academy Raises a Flag for Eco-Schools

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Off the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Villa Academy is working to create a wildlife oasis at their pre K-8 Independent Catholic school.  Their 30-acre school grounds have been enhanced by removing invasive species, planting natives, and restoring important …

National Wildlife Week: Bronx Guild High Boasts New York City’s Largest Orchard

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

One great way to engage multiple generations to live together with wildlife is to support multidisciplinary environmental education in schools, through great programs like Eco Schools USA. One of the many standout Eco-Schools in the U.S. is just south of …

National Wildlife Week: Cooper City Creates a Home for Burrowing Owls

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

In late February, more than 40 families joined together at Forest Lake Park in Cooper City, Florida to create 6 artificial burrows for its resident burrowing owls. Many of the children attend Griffin Elementary School and along with Teacher Jacque …


It’s for the Birds! Certifying Baltimore as a Community Habitat

1/28/2015 // By Kim Martinez

For years Baltimore has been known as Birdland and now, we can make it official. Baltimore plans to B’More Wild, and bird-friendly, by becoming certified as an NWF Community Wildlife Habitat®- the largest along the Chesapeake Bay. So what does …

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Sweet Treats for Wildlife Lovers

1/9/2015 // By Courtney Hyde

Winter has arrived in full force across much of the United States. It’s cold, dark, and, by my estimate, miserable outside, so why not treat yourself to some candy? When the winter blues strike, not just any candy will do. …

Students check out the Insect Hotel. Photo credit: Christy Boussard

Eco-Schools USA Goes to College

11/19/2014 // By Jennifer Murck

  Northwest Montessori is a private school in Seattle, Washington educating students Pre-K thru middle school. The school aims to build an environment that will help every student explore, communicate, work and perfect skills to their highest potential. Today we’d …

NWF Earth Tomorrow® Leaders get ‘Down and Dirty’ for Rivers Alive

11/7/2014 // By Crystal Grant

Youth leaders from National Wildlife Federation’s Atlanta Earth Tomorrow® Program joined forces with Atlanta community volunteers, donned their boots, suited up, and gave a whole new meaning to “going green” at the 2014 Rivers Alive Creek and Park Clean-up Event …

National Wildlife Federation and the Atlanta Woman’s Club Host Youth Conservation Leadership Summit

11/4/2014 // By Crystal Grant

“You are unique. You are important…” The “Power of One” was the theme of the day for the inaugural Youth Conservation Leadership Summit hosted by NWF and the Atlanta Woman’s Club (AWC) on October 8th at the historic Wimbush House …

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Throw a Ranger Rick Halloween Party!

10/22/2014 // By Michele Reyzer

As one of the editors for Ranger Rick magazine, I get to create lots of kid-friendly crafts and recipes. Since autumn is my favorite time of the year, coming up with fun activities for Halloween is the best part of …


Mentor, Mentee: Who’s helping who?

10/20/2014 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The role mentors play in the lives of students is invaluable and can often lead to extraordinary experiences, both for the mentor and the mentees. This couldn’t be more evident than for mentor, Michelle Hipps-Cruz of Overland Partners and mentees, students of Lamar Elementary School as a part of our Eco-Schools USA program.