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An Atlantic puffin in the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.  All 561 National Wildlife Refuges will be closed during the shutdown.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Wildlife

10/1/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

As of midnight last night, after the failure of Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, the government has officially shutdown.  What does this mean for conservation? We don’t know exactly what will happen. But, based on what has […] Read more >

My mom, my sister and I

Mother’s Day Mishaps: Perfection in Nature is Boring

5/12/2013 // By Dani Tinker

As I thought about Mother’s Day this year, I recounted the wonderful memories I have outdoors with my mom. A pattern quickly emerged. My favorite experiences involve some level of imperfection, and that’s exactly what makes them special. Here’s a […] Read more >

Seeing Red? Don’t Stress It; Head Outside for Some Green!

4/24/2013 // By Christine Uncles

According to the American Psychological Association (APA) more than one third of Americans report high stress levels, and one in five say they feel very stressed at least half of each month. Stress impacts our health with physical symptoms like fatigue, […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – March 29, 2013

3/29/2013 // By Anne Goddard

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: New guide addresses parents’ weather-related concerns around letting kids enjoy outdoor playtime March 27 – The new weather guide emphasizes the […] Read more >

Sucia Island State Park is a 564-acre marine park with 77,700 feet of shoreline. Sucia Island is considered the crown jewel of the state's marine park system. It is consistently ranked as one of the top boating destinations in the world. Sucia Island and several smaller islands comprise the "Sucia group."

Share Your Photos to Protect Washington’s State Parks

3/12/2013 // By Cathy Curley

Next week, our beloved Washington State Parks will turn 100 years old, but their future is uncertain as budget cuts put the entire park system at risk. The thought of losing these special places tugs at my heart.  As I […] Read more >

Image: Flickr/jroldenettel

Arizona Mine Threatens Endangered Jaguar

1/3/2013 // By Nic Callero

There are very few Jaguars left in the United States, which explains why recent photographs taken by Arizona Game and Fish using motion sensor trail cameras are causing such a stir. Jaguars are the third largest species of cat after lions […] Read more >

Chasing Ice: Climate Change We Can See

11/9/2012 // By Sara Gassman

When you hear the term “climate change,” what image comes to mind? Smokestacks? Bumper-to-bumper traffic on six-lane highways? Wilting crops and flooded streets? If James Balog has anything to do with it, soon enough we will all think of glaciers…glaciers […] Read more >

Looking up at Rainier from the trail (photo: Bryn Fluharty)

A Break in the Clouds? Run for the Hills in Seattle

7/18/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Living in Seattle will teach you one thing: when the sun breaks through the clouds you take advantage of it and get outside! As most of the country swelters in record-breaking heat, here in Seattle we are experiencing what has seemed […] Read more >

Celebrate July 4th with a Charming Weekend Getaway

7/3/2012 // By Jaime Matyas

I am a fan of the long weekend. So much is possible when the weekend consists of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I recently escaped the bustle, humidity and partisanship in Washington, D.C. and drove north beyond Philadelphia to the neighboring […] Read more >

Close-up of yellow and red tulip

Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to Take Your Breath Away

6/21/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Spectacular rainforests are closer to home than you might think. The entire North American coastline from southern Alaska to central California is home to some of the last intact coastal temperate rainforests in the world. It is a stunning landscape, […] Read more >