Category: Eco-Activities

National Wildlife Federation - Video Shoot on Getting Kids Outside

National Wildlife Federation – Video Shoot on Getting Kids Outside

DC area families: Looking for something fun to do this Sunday, March 4th? Join Eco-Active Family at a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) video shoot. Here are the details: National Wildlife Federation “Keeping The Wild Alive” Video Shoot When: March 4rd, 2012  |  10am to 4pm Where: 18557 Woodburn Road, Leesburg, VA 20175 What: The NWF is pledging […]

Invasive Species Awareness Activities for Kids at the US Botanic Garden

Invasive Species Awareness Activities for Kids at the US Botanic Garden

This weekend we enjoyed a load of activities at the US Botanical Gardens’ event for kids in celebration of National Invasive Awareness Species Week. The event, held on Sunday, February 26th, included an appearance by Woody, the owl – as in, “Give a Hoot. Don’t Pollute,” who was on hand for picture taking. Throughout the […]

Big Miracle: Lots of Great Discussion Opportunities for Parents and Kids

Big Miracle: Lots of Great Discussion Opportunities for Parents and Kids

This piece originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. I’m not one for sappy, giggly, feel-good movies, but as a mom of three preschool and elementary school-age kids, I’ve learned to tolerate, and even appreciate some of them, as is the case with Big Miracle. Recently, a teacher professional development day meant […]

Butterfly Garden Discussion, Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Butterfly Garden Discussion, Feb. 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Want to learn how to attract butterflies to your garden? Come learn how at the Washington Area Butterfly Club meeting at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. Naturalist Lisa Bierer-Garrett, one of the original members of WABC, will speak on butterfly and wildlife gardening for your backyard. Lisa, a Calvert County, MD resident and longtime […]

On Becoming a Naturalist

On Becoming a Naturalist

This piece originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. How pushing through an irrational fear of bugs led me to become a naturalist and connect on a deeper level with the natural world. For the past several weeks I have been taking weekly classes as part of the Arlington Regional […]

Visit One Planet — Ours!

Visit One Planet — Ours!

If you haven’t already done so, take a couple of hours to visit the US Botanic Garden in downtown DC, which is currently featuring One Planet — Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century. The exhibit focuses on “sustainability — not only how it applies to gardens and landscapes, but also how each of us can […]

Organic Garden at the White House, Part 2

Organic Garden at the White House, Part 2

In follow up to my last post on the subject of an organic garden at the White House, I read with great anticipation the follow-up article in the Washington Post home section, which I hoped would describe some of the logistical and other issues that would present the greatest challenges. While the article provided lots […]

Organic Garden at the White House?

Organic Garden at the White House?

I don’t usually read the food section of the Washington Post (I’m food challenged), but an interesting article caught my eye this morning. It’s about the effort to bring gardening back to the White House grounds (even more specifically, organic gardening this time around).

To the Curb -- The Kids Have It!

To the Curb — The Kids Have It!

How do you involve your kids your efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle?

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