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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 […] Read more >

I fell in here once. Photo by Liz West.

My Connection with a River

12/16/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, I learned to appreciate the quiet places by the water. Just out of sight from all the cars and sprawling McMansions lay the Sudbury River. Thanks to its designation as a “wild and scenic” river, the […] Read more >

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Snowfall, Wildlife and Gardens

12/13/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas, or dreading it?  Either way, the very essence of winter in temperate climes is snow. And what a wonderful thing snow is. Think of it—when temperatures are low enough, water falls from […] Read more >

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Post Thanksgiving: I’m Still Thankful, Especially for Florida

12/3/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

It has become a Fischer family tradition to spend Thanksgiving holiday in Daytona, Florida—I’m not too sure what palm trees and the beach have to do with turkey day, but my grandparents live there, and my family hates cold weather, […] Read more >

American toads use the leaf litter to hide and hibernate.

6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall

11/21/2013 // By Dani Tinker

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It turns out, leaving the leaves in your yard is beneficial to both […] Read more >

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Cool Plants for Kids: 8 that Explode, Eat Bugs, or Stick to You

10/22/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson.  Be Out There is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors online community to help more kids and families explore the outdoors! By sharing ideas and resources through guest blogs, we’re working to bring […] Read more >

Monarchs by Dave Hawkins.

Where Are Migratory Monarchs This Fall?

10/14/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Each fall at about this time, I try to spend a weekend at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Maryland’s Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Located on the southern tip of the island, the inn is a perfect place […] Read more >

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For Public Lands, the Shutdown is About more than National Parks

10/10/2013 // By Ann Morgan

Closing the National Parks, museums and monuments to the recreating public and closing National Wildlife Refuges to hunters during the fall hunting season has gotten the public’s attention and resulted in calls for some parts of the government to be […] Read more >

Willow Lake Park in Arizona operated by the City of Prescott.

7 Gorgeous Alternatives to National Parks

10/10/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Update: Nature Find is still a great tool to find national, state, city parks and other sites to connect with nature. This past Sunday I decided to go hiking with a friend. It was a gorgeous day and we decided […] Read more >

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The Government Shutdown Puts D.C.’s Environmental Education on Hold

10/9/2013 // By Mollie Simon

When I moved to D.C. two weeks ago, I brought with me a pretty large to-do list. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I got here, that was all put on hold. With the government shutdown in full force, the Smithsonian […] Read more >