July, 2015

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Remember the Kalamazoo, Stop Tar Sands!

Five years ago, I had just started with NWF and very quickly found myself in a kayak and pickup responding to what would become the largest inland oil spill in …

Extension Leaders Visit NWF Advocacy Center for Conservation Leadership Discussion

On July 13, 2015, 12 participants from the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) program visited NWF’s National Advocacy Center to hear first-hand from staff about NWF’s experience in initiating and …

Where is Everyone? Growing the Next Generation Outdoors

The drumbeat of news about kids in nature is bad – childhood has largely moved inside, screen time use is at an all-time high (and has real consequences), unstructured playtime …

Grizzly bear

Warm as an Angry Bear

About 10 years ago I was on the Dean River in British Columbia, kicking back in camp after a great day of fishing. When dinner wrapped up, four of us …

We’ve Always Been a City for the Birds

Baltimore.  Home of the beloved Baltimore Orioles and affectionately known by residents as Birdland.  There’s no better place for the National Wildlife Federation to launch its signature Community Wildlife Habitat …

New Outdoor Childcare Regulations Enacted in Texas

We have a new policy leader in early childhood environmental education: The Texas Workforce Commission. That’s right. This spring, following behind the scenes advocacy by National Wildlife Federation and our partners at …

Pennsylvania Schools: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Long before the US Green Ribbon Schools Award was established, there were ‘green guardians’ of schools and universities. These folks arrived to campus early, left late, and spent countless weekends and summers …

5 Fascinating Facts from Ranger Rick: Shark Week Edition

It’s that fun time of the year again – Shark Week! It also happens that Ranger Rick magazine dedicated a feature in the June/July issue to teaching us about these …

Speaking of Bears

Bears delight us all—as M.E. Beatty wrote in Bears of Yosemite, “Of all the animals in our national parks, the bear undoubtedly ranks first in public interest.” There is a …

Alabama Plants Trees for Wildlife

I have worked with the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a National Wildlife Federation affiliate, for almost eight years as an educator, focusing mainly on educating Alabama’s youth and public about conservation of our …

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