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Susan Smartt

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Less Lip, More Action: Time to Connect Kids With Nature

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:30 PM

It's no surprise that conversations across the country continue on the need to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. By 2014, about 2 million STEM-related jobs will be created, and over the years this number will grow.

Every week, discussions take place on Capitol Hill...

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Ditch the Textbooks, Head to a National Park

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 4:43 PM

On Monday, Feb. 27, there was a rare example of government agencies banding together to effect change in environmental education. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a new agreement to develop programs that use our national parks, national wildlife refuges and...

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National Parks Help Tame the Environmental Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 3:03 PM

Environmental literacy is critical to conserving and protecting our natural resources and ensuring a healthy planet. How can we expect our policy makers, citizens and children to make decisions that will protect the planet if they do not value our wild places or understand the threat of global climate change?...

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Learning from Elwha: Mistakes of the Past are Lessons for the Future

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 1:53 PM

This weekend was a big milestone for the environment. The Department of the Interior officially began the nation's largest river restoration project on the Elwha River in Washington's Olympic National Park with the removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams. When the dams on the Elwha River were created...

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When Did 'Environmental Education' Become a Dirty Word?

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 12:02 PM

For those of us who advocate on behalf of environmental education, June was a pretty good month. First, President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative led to the establishment on June 13 of the Federal Inter-agency Council on Outdoor Recreation, bringing together federal, state and tribal agencies...

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Best Idea: See for Yourself What's Worth Saving

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 1:47 PM

The story of our National Parks has been co-opted by cable news fueled brouhaha's involving guns, drugs and drilling for oil. It is time to take back our parks.

It is sometimes hard to stay optimistic about the future of America's Best Idea. But this optimist is ready and willing...

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