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Parents: 10 Reasons Kids Need Fresh Air

National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Campaign aims to educate tens of million of U.S. moms and dads on the importance of helping their kids have more time outdoors and providing tools … Read more

Share Your Family’s Outdoor Photos

From leaf-jumping to bird-watching to fort-building, the Green Hour group on the photo sharing site Flickr has it all! For more than a year, parents who believe in Be Out … Read more

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Outdoor Kids: 365 Days Outside

You know that immense feeling of satisfaction after you achieve a goal? I want you to feel that same satisfaction this time next year, after you’ve spent 365 days outside … Read more

New NWF Program: Erthnxt: Trees for the 21st Century

The National Wildlife Federation and the national tree-planting and youth education organization, Erthnxt, have combined forces to further environmental literacy, youth volunteerism, habitat restoration, and reversing global warming.  Our joint aim … Read more

8 Easy Ways to Create Your Own Outdoor Holiday Tradition

Let’s face it: It might feel a bit claustrophobic in the house at this time of year—with the kids underfoot, relatives hovering over you, and the strain of cooking, cleaning, shopping, … Read more

Can Nature Make People More Caring? New Studies Say It’s Possible

The benefits of nature have been widely documented—active time in the outdoors improves classroom performance, gets kids off the couch, and can help prevent children from being “coronary time bombs”, and now new research shows that nature can also make people more caring.
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Eight Reasons More Outdoor Time Improves Kids’ School Performance

American children spend an average of six hours per day watching television, web surfing and playing video games,  By contrast, they spend an average of 30 minutes in outdoor sports and just four … Read more

Seven Safe Ways For Kids To Have More Outdoor Play Time

Today's parents are concerned about the safety of their children when they are playing outdoors.  There is more traffic on the streets and more worries about other harms befalling them such … Read more

Bays and Lakes: We Can Help Our Kids Develop A Sense of Place

Last week the House Natural Resources Committee voted 22 to 13 to send an important new piece of legislation to the House floor.  It received strong support from the National … Read more

Outdoor Kids: Watch The Sunrise

Fall and winter are great times to catch the sunrise. Watch Rebecca Cohen’s video and read her blog! Read more