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Kids & Nature Programs

The National Wildlife Federation has a number of programs designed to inspire kids to get outdoors, help wildlife, and become more aware of nature in their neighborhood and community.

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Eco-Schools USA

Turning K-12 Schools Green

Through student-driven action teams, the Eco-Schools USA program brings effective "green" management to school grounds, facilities, and curriculum. This international initiative not only helps schools reduce their carbon footprint, but it inspires kids to be good stewards for the environment and take action in their community.

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Earth Tomorrow

Organizing Youth Around Service Learning Projects

Earth Tomorrow is the National Wildlife Federation’s multicultural, youth environmental education and leadership development program, creating opportunities for underserved youth to develop environmental literacy and life skills and make valuable contributions to the ecological health and leadership of their communities.

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ECHO Soil Fun

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO)™

Bringing nature and outdoor play to every child, every day

Based on obesity prevention research, ECHO helps provide kids with daily access to quality outdoor learning environments.

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Garden for Wildlife™

Empowering People to Restore Habitat

Gardening for wildlife is a perfect way to share your love of the outdoors with children and foster a future connection to nature. The National Wildlife Federation provides tips, resources, and a Certified Wildlife Habitat® program specially designed around wildlife gardening at home, school, and in communities.

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Trees for Wildlife™

Helping Schools, Families, and Groups Plant Trees

Trees for Wildlife™ educates youth about the essential role habitat trees play for wildlife in our environment. Inspired by Pulitzer Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the program provides volunteer opportunities and the tools for families and schools to successfully make a difference for wildlife through tree planting.

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Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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