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Weekly News Roundup: Youths and DOI Secretary Talk Public Lands and More!

2/28/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Getting the Dirt on Earthworms As spring approaches, many gardeners are ready to dive back into planting their favorite flora; but anyone prone to working the soil knows that you will encounter slimy annelids known as earthworms.  So, before you …

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Two Easy, Gooey, Fun Winter Bird Feeding Projects

2/6/2014 // By Carla Brown

Here are two simple, cute projects that you could make right now to help the birds in your yard. Like us, birds and other backyard wildlife are facing more snow and colder temperatures this year than typical in many regions …

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13 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes for Kids

1/30/2014 // By Gretchen Pierce

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for some fun V-Day crafts and recipes to try out with your kids, we’ve got you covered. Here are 13 activities that will help make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this …


Winter Hiking for Kids: Creating Memories in the Snow

1/25/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Kristen Laine. It was as a young adult that Yemaya Maurer, coauthor of AMC Guide to Winter Hiking & Camping, became aware of the pleasures of traveling through a winter landscape and mourned a childhood that hadn’t included …

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Funniest Moments in “Dear Ranger Rick” History

1/14/2014 // By Gretchen Pierce

Kids say the darndest things. Especially in Ranger Rick magazine, where kids have been writing in to their favorite raccoon since the first “Dear Ranger Rick” column appeared in November 1968. From thoughtful poems to imaginative drawings to hilarious stories, …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Paw Print participants learn about birds and butterflys on a field trip to the National Museum of Natural History

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 …