Posted by David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior on October 15, 2012
Two Saturdays ago, I had the privilege of joining the Connecticut River Watershed Council in Hartford for their annual Source to Sea Cleanup event. This year’s cleanup was one of over 2,100 similar events taking place across the country in honor of National Public Lands Day, a day devoted to restoring and conserving our treasured public lands.
The U.S. Forest Service has put together an online resource to help you find when the fall colors will be best at a forest near you!
Visit the 2012 Fall Colors website or call the toll-free Fall Colors Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 to help you plan your next trip to America’s great outdoors.
Posted by Susan Morse, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on October 11, 2012
Editor's note: National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 280 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. Each year, millions of migrating birds use refuges as stepping stones while they fly thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes.
Posted by Recipe by Fabio Viviani and Richard Blais, former "Top Chef" contestants on October 11, 2012
Do you want to cook like the pros? Check out this healthy, budget friendly and delicious recipes featured during a special Let's Move! "Quick Fire" Challenge.
1 turkey tenderloin
A sprinkle of salt
A sprinkle of pepper
1 tsp honey
A sprinkle of cumin
A sprinkle of coriander
In late September, the National Park Service and several partner organizations launched Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a new initiative to promote the many health benefits of time in nature, and to connect DC area kids and families to the parks and green spaces in their communities.
Rhode Island recently won the Let’s Move! Child Care State Challenge, as it now has almost 20 percent of child care programs signed up for Let’s Move! Child Care, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to encourage child care programs to provide a healthier environment for the kids they serve.
Posted by Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento on October 9, 2012
You can't have a great city without great schools. And you can't have great schools if students arrive each morning poorly nourished and out of shape.
The connection between a city and its schools was the prime motivating factor that pushed me to run for Mayor in 2008. Our collaborative success -- raising awareness about the critical connection between Sacramento and its schools -- was a major factor in deciding to continue the work for a second term.
Tomorrow, October 6th is Nickelodeon’s 9th annual Worldwide Day of Play!
From 12pm to 3pm ET, the Nickelodeon Network will go dark (i.e., stop all programming) to encourage kids and families to get outside and PLAY!
Editor's note: USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States.
With 27 million participants, basketball is the number one team sport in the country! No matter where you live, chances are, you can find a hoop – and other players– in your neighborhood.
Posted by Deputy Secretary John Porcari on October 3, 2012
Ed note: This post was originally published on Fastlane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As a father, grandfather, and former schoolteacher, I know how important it is to ensure that students arrive to school safely every day.
Posted by Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist on October 1, 2012
Recently, the 2012 U.S.. Olympic Team visited the White House. While I wasn’t able to attend the reunion, the event reminded me of just how special Olympic moments are. I remember my own experience as a visiting athlete to the White House in 1992.
Tomorrow, more than 170,000 people across the country are expected to celebrate National Public Lands Day – America’s largest, single-day, outdoor volunteer effort. More than 2,000 public land and water sites across the country will offer FREE admission to volunteers who give a few hours of their time to help improve and restore outdoor spaces.