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Lessons from Muddy Sneakers: Outdoor Science Learning is Especially Powerful for Girls

Learning outside can have all kinds of advantages for students who don’t perform at their best in a traditional classroom setting. While outdoor learning has become a popular idea during the pandemic, lots of

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Time Outside Builds Resilience in Youth Mental Health

It’s clear by now that the pandemic is having a negative effect on our collective mental health, especially among young people. You can check out our February blog post to learn more about those trends. Adolescents

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Technology in Nature: Not an Oxymoron After All

Today, it’s common to hear concerns about the negative effects of too much screen time among kids. There are certainly reasons to be worried, but it’s also not reasonable to assume that technology is always

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New Lessons from Agricultural Education

Our world is facing a series of critical environmental issues including climate change, deforestation, and limited access to clean water. Environmental education is an important part of the solution to these problems as

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Youth Mental Health in 2021: Where Do We Go From Here?

The pandemic has been hard on everyone. In addition to implications for the physical wellbeing of those who contract COVID-19 and widespread economic repercussions, we are also seeing declines in mental health. While

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Coaching for Change

Sports have the potential to create meaningful change in young people’s lives. However, social emotional learning and positive youth development are not automatic outcomes of youth sports participation. In order

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