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A global program inspiring families to explore nature

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Nature - Just What the Doctor Ordered

Parents and grandparents have "prescribing" nature for years. Now, so are doctors, and in my family, nature seems to be having a positive influence with no side effects.

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Finding Nature in Your Local Park

There are many ways to find and experience nature in your local park. Here are a few thoughts from a former city park naturalist.

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Nature's Amusement Park

Our trip to Yellowstone National Park - one of the most exceptional places on earth and, as I like to call it, nature's amusement park - will form in my children a sense of awe and responsibility for the natural world in the years to come.

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Six Great US Beaches for Families

With over 6,000 beaches in the United States it can be hard to pick the perfect one for your family vacation, so we did a little research of our own to compile a short list of these six great beaches for families in the US.

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Five Nature Activities for the Beach

Few things in life are as fun for a kid as a summer day at the beach. You can let your children explore on their own – supervised, of course – or you can give them a little structure for their own guided discoveries with these five nature activities for the beach.

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Lessons from a Fifth Grader

Last week, I learned a few lessons from a fifth grader on the importance of time in nature.

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A Kid-Friendly Fourth of July

To us, the Fourth of July is all about family time outdoors. We've compiled four fun and creative ways to have a kid-friendly Fourth of July.

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Link Round-Up

A few stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Celebrating National Pollinator Week

The average person thinks of bees when you hear the word pollinator. But, time spent in our pollinator garden shows that birds, butterflies, bats and beetles are also pollinators. For National Pollinator Week this week, here are few interesting facts about pollinators.

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Love Berries? Love Your Bees!

As species go, insects are generally not the most beloved. But encounters with insects can provide fun, memorable, and teachable moments for our children, as I was recently reminded in a strawberry patch. .

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Best of 2013

Our top 13 most popular posts from 2013.

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Raising Kids at Silver Creek

Few people come to our birthday parties and we rarely go out to dinner, but I wouldn't change our life on a nature preserve for anything.

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Backpacking with My Daughter

As Father's Day approaches, I reflect on those times in my life - for us usually when outdoors and in nature - when I've felt most fully present and connect with my daughters.

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Bird-tastic Summer Fun

I often think about how important it is to pass on my passion for wildlife and birds to my grandkids. Here are a couple tips (and my favorite apps) that help me do just that.

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Weekly Round Up

A few things that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Raising Confident Girls

Making sure my daughter remains the confident child who believes she can be anything she wants to be is vitally important to me, and spending time outside is one way to help ensure that she does.

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World Turtle Day

We're celebrating World Turtle Day on May 23 with a few facts about the amazing sea turtle.

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National Environmental Education Week 2014

By framing lessons in the context of the environment, educators create hands-on, interdisciplinary experiences for their classes that allow students to make connections beyond the classroom walls.

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More Nature for Kids

We as parents know that kids need more nature in their lives. Here are a few tips to help make it happen.

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Happier and Healthier with Nature

Time Magazine recently listed spending time in nature as the number one thing you should do everyday to improve your life. Here's how my family works to fit nature time into our busy lives.

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Explore Your World in a Whole New Way

We’re excited to share a new digital resource – PLUM LANDING – designed to help kids learn about nature and get excited to head out and explore it for themselves.

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Springtime Nature Treasure Hunt

Our Nature Treasure Hunt is a great way to help kids feel a sense of discovery and accomplishment, and be out in nature at the same time!

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Infographic: Kids and Nature

A new global survey of parents sheds light on how much time today's kids spend out in nature, what's keeping them indoors and what you can do. Our infographic lays it out.

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Spring Break

Six simple ways to spend more time out in nature this spring break.

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Happy Holi!

How does your family celebrate spring?

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Parents Worldwide Agree: Our Kids Need More Nature!

A new study by The Nature Conservancy, with support from Disney, shows that parents around the world are highly concerned about the lack of time that kids spend out in nature.

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Building Something New

The Nature Conservancy's Nature Works Everywhere progam is building something new - school gardens!

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Weekly Round Up

A few things that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Bird Count

Look at THAT bird!

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Weekly Round Up

A few things that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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New Spring Activities

Check out a few of our recently added activities!

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Video: Save the Sage Grouse

Virginia 4th-graders remind us of the importance of protecting endangered species like the Sage Grouse.

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Video: Save the Orangutan

Virginia 4th-graders share the importance of protecting endangered species like the Orangutan.

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Attitude Adjustment Walks

Time outdoors was exactly what my children needed during that interminable stretch before Daddy came home.

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Weekly Round-Up

A few things that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Video: What about the Gobi Bear?

You've heard about the Panda and Polar bears, but these 4th-graders remind us that the Mongolian Gobi Bear needs to be protected, too!

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Winter Break

Five ways to discover winter’s wondrous wildlife.

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Weekly Round Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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The Best Decision

Sometimes the best decision is to just head out and play with your kids.

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Daydreams

Two sleeping bags and an LED lantern. Let the adventures begin!

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Camping in the Wilds of New York City

As the world’s population grows and more people flock to cities, outdoor experiences are critical for city dwellers looking for connections to the natural world.

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Tales from a Nordic Family

Three reasons that nordic skiing is one of our favorite family activities.

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Zoo Year’s Eve

Family-friendly New Year's Eve ideas.

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Weekly Round Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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'Tis the Season: Giving Back

‘Tis the season for giving. Giving gifts, yes, but also giving back – to your friends and family, your community and even yourself.

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Weekly Round Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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The Healing Power of Nature

On the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, reflections on family, community and the healing power of nature.

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Weekly Round Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Taming the Savage Teen

A little time in nature helped us reconnect with our teenage son's inner child.

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Weekly Round Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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2013 Fall Activity Guide

Get inspired to head out into nature with our 2013 Fall Activity Guide.

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Weekly Round-Up

Stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Our Fall Outdoors

A few of my favorite things that I've done outside with my grandchildren this fall.

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Weekly Round-Up

A few stories that we've enjoyed from around the internet this week.

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Fall into Fun

Five tips to help all kids enjoy what fall has to offer.

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Is Walking to School the Secret to Success?

New research shows that how a student travels to school may have more impact on concentration and focus than whether they had breakfast.

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Time Out: Whale Watching

Going on a whale watch is a fantastic opportunity for quality family time.

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Surprise at Sea

Exceeded expectations on a family outing reminded us that we can't always assume how our children will react to new experiences.

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Finding Nature in New York City

It is difficult to fathom what nature looks like in New York City - with the expansive skyline of mega-tall buildings and concrete-laden streets - but when we delve deeper, we find there’s more nature in the city than meets the eye.

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September Video of the Month:
Nature Opened My Eyes

Josh Carrera's story starts out like that of many kids growing up in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, but it sure takes a different turn. Josh shares how his four week internship in Vermont changed his perspective and his life.

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A Snail's Pace

How movies helped my autistic daughter connect to nature in new ways.

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Soaking it in at a Water Park

Visiting a water park a great opportunity to talk to your kiddo about how water comes from nature, and how we can all help conserve it.

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Know the Night Sky

A few facts about the night sky to share with your kids the next time you’re out at night.

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Nature Rocks - New and Improved

Want to get closer to nature? Want your kids to know the outdoors the way you did when you were a kid? Check out all that Nature Rocks has to offer!

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A New Tradition for the Fourth of July

Next fourth of July, take a few minutes of think of the outdoor places that you love most, and make a bucket list of your own!

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It's the Little Things

It’s a big world out there, but we can all make a difference.

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Adventure, Harry Potter Style

You might not be able to hike through a Forbidden Forest or hang out with dragons. Not to worry: adventure can be as simple as exploring your backyard or local park.

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It's Raining, It's Pouring

Why stay inside when you can jump, skip and cartwheel your way through a rainy summer day?

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A Lesson in Berry Picking

Summer is the perfect time of year for a berry picking family outing. Get outside, get a little dirty, and enjoy a hands-on lesson that our food comes from nature.

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Birding with Ben

Eight-year-old Ben shares his best birding tips in this video guide to backyard birding for kids.

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