As another Earth Day approaches, it's time to encourage children to embrace nature so they will become stewards of the planet, writes Joanna Pocock. "They need us to encourage their connection with the natural world by trusting them to explore it on their own, to rewild themselves without us watching," she writes.
Flathead County, Mont., and Eagle County, Colo., are two examples of rural areas that offer outdoor recreational opportunities and are increasing their populations, according to an analysis of census data by Stateline. While it is difficult to connect recreation opportunities to population growth, more people means more land use and a need to safeguard the outdoors, officials say.
Hasbro has partnered with TerraCycle on a product recycling program that will allow consumers to recycle used Hasbro toys. The pilot program will turn them into materials to be used to make playgrounds, park benches and other items.
Linnea Westerlind shares some of her favorite trips from visiting all of Seattle's nearly 500 parks in four years. Parks are "a great way to see different corners of the city, explore new neighborhoods, and an excuse for people of all ages to get outside," she says.
The Parks Prescription program in California's Marin County has been expanded after showing positive results. Under the program, doctors prescribe park visits for in-need county residents as treatments for conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Partnerships between parks agencies and water utilities are key for the future of the country's water resources, according to US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox. "For parks and water departments, this means building a collaborative and integrated approach to managing urban land and water resources," she writes.
California's San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is 20 years into a 50-year program of land conservation and preservation. The county's Multiple Species Conservation Program is 77% of the way to its goal of preserving about 300,000 acres.
The planned 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Space in urban Mississippi will feature about 20 miles of trails, as well as wildlife viewing areas, a visitor center, an amphitheater and other features. The site will be managed by the foundation Wildlife Mississippi.
Students in Petaluma, Calif., will be planting native vegetation in the fall in a riverfront park using funds from a grant and a novel tax for Bay Area wetland restoration. The effort will include plants selected to survive changing weather patterns.
Failure can be beneficial when you learn from it, study what to do next time and come away more determined, writes LaRae Quy. Failure reveals weaknesses but also creates the opportunity for self-improvement, she writes.
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