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Support Young Green Activists With New Guide!

If you’re looking to change the world for the better but don’t know how, start by reading The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World.  

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Observe Presidents' Day...in Nature

Monday is Presidents’ Day!  We all know what that means...a day off to kick back, lounge around, and be thankful that we’re not stuck inside an office or school.  Instead of pulling out your stove-top hat to dress like Lincoln or donning Washington-esque wooden teeth like last year, use the extra time this long weekend to celebrate Nature.

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The Lessons of School Gardens

Autumn is an intern with Earth Day Network's Education Team.

Sadly, most kids these days rarely set foot outside. They might say, “What’s the point, when we have munchies, cable TV, and a computer with Facebook and Youtube?” School gardens give kids a reason to go outside and get much-needed vitamin D, while discovering that maybe it’s not so bad to get their hands a little dirty. Planting school gardens not only shows kids they can grow food right in their own backyards, it teaches them how to do it.

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Bring the Outdoors In With a Terrarium

Too cold to go outside?   Why not bring the outside in by making a terrarium!  Here are some step-by-step directions on how to make a terrarium.
What you need:
1. A glass container.  You can use old jars or go to the thrift store to find exciting shapes.  Get creative! Use fish bowls, pitchers, or wine glasses.  Lids are optional but if you choose not to use one, remember to water the plants more frequently.  If you do have a lid, humidity can build-up so open your terrarium every once in a while to let it air out.

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Healthy Schools Act Coalition Claims Victory

Success!  The people voiced their concern and the DC City Council listened!  Council Chairman (and soon-to-be Mayor) Vincent Gray’s amended budget has saved the landmark DC Healthy Schools Act.  As a result, any District student in need can continue to receive a free and healthy breakfast in his or her classroom.  Threatened with elimination in face of the budget deficit, yesterday's move by the Council saves this pivotal initiative – a victory not only for the children of the city, but for the city’s future as well!

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Chief Oren Lyons

Hearing Chief Oren Lyons speak as the keynote speaker at the 

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Finding my Forest: new conservation curriculum

Hey Teachers, Educators and Students!

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A Bright New Day for School Lighting

“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway,” but last week the lights were a little brighter not at a theatre in New York, but at a school in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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Impressive Turnout to MillionTreesNYC’s 2010 Fall Planting Day, a Component of the Avatar Home Tree Initiative

On October 22 and 23, 2010, over 1,500 volunteers flocked to sites all over New York City, from Brooklyn, to Queens, to Staten Island, to plant 20,000 trees, coordinated by MillionTreesNYC.

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A Woolly World

I dreamt, the other night, that I was a Woolly Mammoth. I was being chased across the frozen tundra by a band of humans. It was an odd dream, to be sure, and I’m not quite sure why I had it. Probably this cold snap we’ve just come out of. The heat wasn’t yet on in my house, and so to keep warm I dug my big, fuzzy brown blanket out of the closet. I was lucky enough to wake up before the humans caught up to me, otherwise I’m sure I would’ve been a mammoth burger.

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