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Friday, September 5, 2014
There are about 80 nature-based preschools in the United States, up from 19 in 2009. Numerous other preschools employ some sort of eco-friendly approach. Schools range from taking simple steps to basing their entire curriculum around nature and having students spend time every day in natural settings. At the Sunflower...
Friday, August 1, 2014
Grey Towers, the ancestral home of the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot, will host its 10th annual Festival of Wood this weekend. "We wanted the opportunity to share the importance of wood in our everyday lives," Melody Remillard, visitor services information specialist at Grey Towers, told the Pocono...
Friday, July 25, 2014
The Association of Conservation Information (ACI) recently awarded the Missouri Department of Conservation four national communication awards for their Trees Work communications campaign. The 2014 awards are:   Communications Campaign – First Place – Trees Work Posters – First Place – Trees Work One-time...
Friday, June 27, 2014
Joyce Qin, 11-year-old Memphis-area student, is the national winner of the 2014 Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Oh, and she's adorable. "Joyce competed against 30,000 contestants. This is quite an accomplishment," U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said at a ceremony unveiling the art. "We use this contest as...
Friday, June 13, 2014
In just five years, youth participation in outdoor recreation fell by 15 percent according to the Wilderness Society. To encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the United States, federal agencies, nonprofits and the recreation industry have teamed up once again for the 2014 National Get Outdoors Day. Find an...
Friday, June 13, 2014
Florida's Westwood Middle School has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station science delivery center InterfaceSouth, the University of Florida, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Westwood, and Camp Crystal Lake to...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Three dozen fruit trees were planted at Oregon's Glide Elementary School and will eventually produce fruit for the school cafeteria. Students will also learn how to care for trees.  "It’s always exciting to see people learning to see nature grow and science work,” volunteer garden coordinator said Mary Brown. "It’s very...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Non-native insects and diseases are destroying North American trees and forests. In some cases, entire species of trees are being removed from our forests and neighborhoods, causing economic and environmental costs and reduced quality of life in our communities. Register for the Environmental Law Institute's webinar for...
Friday, May 30, 2014
More than 150 students experienced a day of hands-on forestry learning at Arkansas' Crossett Experimental Forest. With support from the U.S. Forest Service and University of Arkansas at Monticello, students learned about wildland fire tools, portable saw mills, Biltmore sticks and clinometers. Wildlife biologists with...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Small Wood Conference will focus on “forest utilization and management: from working woodlands to city streets” and will occur from June 3-5 in Rochester, Minnesota.   Aside from a networking opportunity, there will be a wide range of discussions ranging from infrastructure protection and forest restoration to what new...

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