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  • Gardening with kids

    March 5, 2019

    When my children were young, they loved nothing more than “helping” me in the garden. Unfortunately, they could often be found pulling out my flowers as quickly as I could plant them. Finally, I got wise and gave them their own patch of dirt to dig in. Their curiosity was no surprise – gardening is …

  • Stargazing in the Pacific Northwest

    February 6, 2019

    High above the Pacific Northwest lies a star filled sky with bright stars, fleeting comets and planets. While city light can sometimes make it hard to spot stars, if you look hard enough you can usually find a few constellations. If you can, head out of the city for a truly spectacular show. In the …

  • Access to Parks and Green Space Improve Health

    January 24, 2019

    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” – John Burroughs We often think of parks and green space in terms of recreation. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban and suburban areas, and we spend an increasing amount of …

  • 3 Steps to Boost Outdoor Time — and Health

    December 30, 2018

    Project Nature is in the news! Click here to read Drs Pooja Tandoon and Kyle Yasuda’s OpEd in the Seattle Times.  Op Ed, reprinted below. Kids today spend less time outside than any previous generation. That’s probably not a surprise — we live in a world filled with big screens, small screens, screens that attach …

  • Up Close with Sea Creatures of the Pacific Northwest

    December 13, 2018

    Living in Washington State, we are lucky to have endless miles of coastline in thanks to the Pacific Ocean and the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is the inland sea that encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the waters off of Vancouver, BC. Spanning from Olympia in the south to the Campbell River, …

  • Take a Breather in Nature

    December 5, 2018

    Close your eyes and focus on breathing.  Now picture yourself in a place where you are completely relaxed. For many of us, our minds take us to an outdoor setting in a place with natural beauty and sounds. Perhaps it’s near a mountain with a majestic view, or on a beach with water sounds and nearby …

  • Find Fun in the Snow

    November 29, 2018

    Winter is a great time to get out and enjoy snow adventures! Luckily for us here in the Pacific Northwest, snow play is a short drive away. The opportunities for fun include sledding, snowshoe adventures, tubing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and more. Kids of all ages can enjoy almost all snow activities with a few …

  • Go outside today and everyday!

    November 21, 2018

    As we head into the holiday season,  it is important to find time to spend outdoors. Spending time outdoors and in nature with family and friends during the holidays is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Don’t forget, this Friday, November 23rd is a free day at Washington State Parks! Living in Washington, we …