Blog posts tagged Conservation

    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.

    REI: Why We Choose to OptOutside

    Last year, we put our people ahead of our profits and closed our doors on Black Friday. As a retailer, this was a big decision. We sold nothing on the biggest day in the global retail calendar. Millions of Americans joined us in choosing to #OptOutside. It was humbling seeing such an outpouring of support. If you took part and lent your voice, thank you.

    Celebrating and Supporting America’s National Parks

    The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016 and the park community is honoring this milestone by connecting people from all walks of life to the awe-inspiring landscapes, shared history, and rich culture that make up America’s national parks.

    Centennial and Beyond

    The celebration of one hundred years of the National Park Service's (NPS) work to preserve and provide access to the beauty of the American landscape inspires reflection upon the true value of our parks and consideration of how we at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) can support them going forward. As we celebrate the NPS Centennial, NEEF is looking to the future of our public lands and our role in sustaining them.

    In October 2015, we stopped to reflect on our public lands work in this historic Centennial year. We asked ourselves two questions: