Blog posts tagged Conservation

    How do you zoo?

    My toddler son’s favorite book (currently) is The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. Most of us are probably familiar with the story—an engine pulling a train full of toys and food for children breaks down, and the toys are stranded. Several other engines pass by, but each refuses to pull the broken-down train over the mountain and into town. That is, until a small, blue engine agrees, despite her size, to give it a try.

    Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science

    When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:

    Americans Agree: Our Parks Should Stay Open to All

    Americans oppose Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to raise entrance fees in our most iconic and awe-inspiring national parks. According to a new bipartisan poll released by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our parks should remain open and available to those who want to visit them. Americans, across political parties, believe our parks should be funded federally and not through an entrance fee increase, which new evidence shows will likely have a dramatic impact on visitation.

    How Big City Mountaineers Works with Corporate Partners to Get Kids Outside

    Big City Mountaineers’ (BCM) weeklong wilderness expeditions and camps offer under-resourced teens opportunities to build critical life skills through the framework of the hands-on, in-person setting of the Great Outdoors. Trips are made up of a one-to-one ratio of teens to adults, so kids build relationships with adult mentors.

    9-Year-Old Calls on Kids to Speak Up for Parks

    Robbie Bond is an eloquent, friendly, and passionate conservationist who founded a nonprofit in order to advocate for the preservation of national monuments and parks. He’s also 9 years old. Through his organization, Kids Speak for Parks, he and his parents cultivate national park and monument awareness, and promote education and advocacy by sharing their own travels to these landmarks and connecting nature-lovers of all ages online. They also have a school outreach program in the works.

    SnowSchool: Connecting Students to Snow, Water and Climate Science

    Last month I drove into the mountains outside of Boise Idaho and, as I went, I passed by the Nordic center that houses our local SnowSchool site. The tall wooden building stood quietly on the mountain slope, like a ponderosa pine patiently waiting the arrival of snow. But it was still August and there would be no 5th grade snowshoers exploring the mountain quite yet. A few miles further down the winding dirt road, I parked, got out and scrambled up a remote mountain ridge with some friends and family.

    eeWorks: From Anecdotes to Evidence

    Environmental education (EE) has made a remarkable and substantive impact throughout North America. However, to date, the field has relied more on engaging anecdotes to tell its story rather than demonstrating rigorous evidence of the impact that EE has on individuals, institutions, and the environment. Both anecdotes and evidence are critical to advance the field. Yet without the evidence that EE works to address environmental and social challenges, the field will not be able to realize its potential and attract the needed support to scale up efforts across the continent.

    Teaming Up to Reach the Moveable Middle

    The National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) vision is that by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the wellbeing of the earth and its people. Our research has identified the “moveable middle” – 129 million Americans who, when given the right information and opportunities through people they trust, want to do the right thing for the environment.

    Understanding the Nature of Nature Connections

    At the Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation, we believe that connecting communities with nature is vital for community health and environmental stewardship. Unfortunately, Americans have grown disconnected from nature in many communities, restricting them from the myriad benefits of time spent outdoors. In order to better understand barriers to nature connections, the Morrison Family Foundation was proud to support The Nature of Americans study, co-led by the late Professor Stephen R.

    Outdoors Legislation Bridges Partisan Divides

    For more months now, the headlines have highlighted the nation’s political rifts and how the divisions are likely to continue into next year despite calls for greater patience and healing. Lost in the noise is the fact that, in its closing weeks, the 114th Congress came together with overwhelming bipartisan support to enact two laws that promote outdoor recreation.