Ranger Rick: Nature's Ambassador Hits the Big 5-0
When the National Wildlife Federation launched Ranger Rick’s Nature Magazine in early 1967, the Federation intended it to be “the finest children’s magazine in history,” a mix of photographs, games, stories, science and crafts to “keep young minds actively growing” and inspire “an appreciation of nature.” Fifty years later, scores of Parents’ Choice Awards and countless testimonials from fans suggest that Rick has hit the mark. Happy Birthday Ranger Rick!
Our Fall Snapshot is ready! Check out our progress along with highlights featuring:
- Eastside Memorial High School in Austin, TX,
- 14 Eco-Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, New York who worked at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,
- Our GM and GLOBE partnerships, and
- A new Eco-Schools USA resource.
Schoolyard Habitats: Feeding the Birds
Did you know one of the easiest ways to provide food and attract birds to your Schoolyard Habitat over the winter is to plant a wide variety of shrubs, bushes and flowers? It may be too late for this winter, but it’s never too early to plan for next year. Take a minute to read Bird Feeding: No Feeders Required in the latest issue of National Wildlife Magazine. In the meantime, students can make a “Bird-Day” Cake from suet and birdseed in honor of Ranger Rick’s 50th birthday celebration.
Wildlife Library: American Bison
This month’s Collector’s Edition of Ranger Rick magazine spotlights the American bison, recently named the national mammal of the United States. This iconic species can grow to over 6 feet tall, and spend up to 11 hours a day eating. Bison are herbivores who are constantly on the move, often eating while they walk. Learn more about the American bison.
Also, be sure to read Back Home on the Range in the December/January issue of Ranger Rick magazine to learn more about the early history of bison and how they live today. As always, check out the online Ranger Rick Educator’s Guide, which provides extension activities that complement our award-winning magazine.
Winter Peril for Monarchs
Students all over the United States delight in the study of the monarch butterfly, studying their life cycle and their migratory journey to and from Mexico’s oyamel firs. Last February monarch biologist breathed a collective sigh of relief when their colleagues in Mexico announced the greatest number of butterflies in five years had made it to the country to spend the winter. Less than two weeks later, in early March, their relief turned to dismay when a devastating storm pummeled the monarchs’ mountain sanctuaries. Read more from Peril at Journey’s End
and learn what students can do to support monarch recovery
efforts, or read the December/January issue of National Wildlife Magazine
which features the full story.
Climate Change Pathway
Kick off 2017 by measuring your school’s carbon footprint! The results will show how much carbon dioxide your school as a whole releases over time, as well as the impact of your school's activities and behaviors on the environment. The more energy, paper, and other supplies your school consumes and uses, the bigger your school's footprint. By addressing the Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Pathway, students have an opportunity to play an important role in reducing their carbon footprint while exploring key STEM skills.
The National Wildlife Federation's Climate Classroom is a comprehensive resource which provides educators with the tools they need to engage middle and high school students in learning about and acting on the climate change issue. And check out the latest video in the “Global Weirding” series from Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
EcoCareer Conference Opportunity
Teachers – do you have high school students who are interested in exploring career opportunities and sustainability experiences in college? Registration is now open for NWF’s EcoCareer Conference on February 22 and 23, 2017. During this virtual event, the EcoLeaders Program will open the gates to their large array of leadership and career development resources for sustainability. Leading experts will discuss topics like finding well paid jobs in the clean economy and exploring online sustainability career skill resources. It’s never too early for students to start thinking about the future.
Find out more and register today. Registration is complimentary for high school students.