Dana Jensen McNamara’s Archive

How Spending Time Outdoors Can Boost Student Academic Potential

School is back, and with it come parents’ concerns for their child’s academic performance. Parents want what is best for their kids and, in order to ensure a successful future, … Read more

The Green Team Superheroes of Wilmot Elementary School

They started the school year off as just fourteen students but ended as a group of Superheroes! The student-led Green Team – created last year – focuses on leadership and hands-on … Read more

Connecting Underserved Families with Nature

Connecting underserved families with nature through camping The National Wildlife Federation Seattle Office offered two Great American Campout events this summer to engage 300 campers from historically underrepresented and underserved … Read more

The Untold Tale of the Tortoise & the Hare

A well-known Aesop’s Fable is the Tortoise and the Hare, an account between unequal partners, a slow tortoise, and a swift hare. But there’s a lesser-known story that we’ll be … Read more

Changing the Tide for America’s Public Lands and Wildlife

America’s public lands are places where people from all walks of life come together to escape into the natural world. But that experience is becoming harder to capture as our … Read more

Montana’s Garden for Wildlife City

On July 19th, 2018, Missoula became the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the state of Montana! Situated on the outskirts of the Northern Rocky Mountains, Missoula is well known … Read more

Investing in Recreation, Keeping Wildlife Within Reach

Whether or not you’ve heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, odds are that you have benefitted from it. Since 1964, LWCF provides funding for all the small parks, … Read more

Safeguarding Summer: Climate Threats to Your Summer

With each passing summer, more of our summertime activities are affected by climate change. Some of these changes are direct connections like hotter summers contributing to droughts and wildfires or … Read more

How Conserving Atlantic Herring Protects Puffins

Atlantic herring are not the most charismatic fish.  Small, oily, and, as it turns out, capable of communicating through their flatulence, they are not the top of the list of … Read more

Climate Research Provides Insights into Wildlife Conservation

Climate change is having a big impact on many species, including the tiny American pika. Wildlife like the pika need new, accurate climate science, like the National Climate Assessment. This … Read more