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  • The Pacific Northwest–a Haven for Urban Wildlife

    April 5, 2019

    Seattle’s more than 400 parks, 130,000 trees and almost 86 miles of shoreline mean the city is an abundant host for wildlife–and not only the usual raccoons and squirrels. Seattle has much, much more to offer in the way of urban wildlife than most cities. It’s possible to spot transient deer lurking in greenbelts in …

  • Biking with Kids

    April 2, 2019

    In an effort to stay active and spend time outdoors, more families are taking the streets on two wheels rather than four. The benefits are multiple: spend quality time together, keep the whole family fit, and care for the environment all at once. With the right equipment and a bit of planning, cycling with kids …

  • 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 …

  • Park Visits for Pennies

    November 15, 2018

    Living in Washington, we’re lucky to have an abundance of natural areas to visit, including 125 state parks and 15 national park areas. To avoid spending a fortune on entrance fees, take advantage of these programs that encourage families to get outdoors. Washington State Parks Visiting Washington State Parks requires a “Discover Pass” for entrance. …