Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Poster Contest: Win a Celebration at YOUR School!

Montgomery Parks Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students The elementary school-attending "artist in residence" at your kitchen table can be the next designer of the Montgomery Parks Arbor Day poster. For the very first time, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is sourcing designs for their annual Arbor Day poster from the third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the county. The winning poster, along with Read more...

Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up: Saturday April 5th Family Fun

Your family can get a jump on environmental activism (and fun!) before Earth Day by participating Saturday April 5th in the largest effort to clean both the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds, the annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up. This area-wide Clean-Up offers many local sites where families can help clean litter from along streams and river banks. From Sligo Creek to Rock Creek Park to Northwest Branch, you can find a local clean-up site that is close to your home and close to your Read more...

My Pepco Quick Home Energy Check-Up by greeNEWit

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by greeNEWit. All opinions and experiences are my own.Did you know that each month on our Maryland utility bills, we pay into a service that most of us never utilize? And that once we do use it, we receive loads of home upgrade products as well as save hundreds annually on our energy bills? I had no clue! I received 17 home improvement products I would normally have paid more than $200 for at Home Depot, and I will now save $259 on my annual Pepco bill! You Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Seventh Generation and The Lorax Gift Pack

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I have been trying out Seventh Generation products for the first time [psst, in the future non-local, excessively mom-bloggy giveaways like this will be housed over at my new site, A Parent in America, but I had committed to host this giveaway here before launch]. I think it took me so long to try Seventh Generation because while I knew the products were eco-friendly and probably very safe for my family, I thought they were very expensive.I first noticed Seventh Generation Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Seventh Generation Green Your Home Supply and Gift Pack

"Mister!" he said with a sawdusty sneeze,"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.-- The Lorax, by Dr. SeussI don't compost. I've been known to laud the paper napkin. My car runs on 100% regular unleaded. But I believe I am doing my part to teach my children to be earth friendly and embrace green practices.Sure, we recycle and the kids participate. In our house, recycling includes making sure all recyclables are sorted and down Read more...

UPDATE: April 22 is Earth Day – What Are You Going to Do?

This Friday April 22nd is Earth Day, and this year the world-wide event to inspire environmentalism falls during local schools' spring break! Perfect timing - many of us will be able to do something that benefits our Earth with our kids!As someone who has committed to B Kind 2 Earth Day, I've promised to post here what Charlie, Eve and I are going to do as a family to celebrate sustainable practices.UPDATE: We attended the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore "celebration" in Read more...

Family 5K Fun Run and Unveiling of New Trail on Saturday June 5

Jennifer Chambers of Hiking Along, Northwood High School students and the Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail project sponsors are celebrating National Trails Day, June 5th with a hike and 5K fun run.  The fun's happening at 10am - noon at Kaplan Stadium behind Northwood High School at 919 University Blvd. West in Silver Spring.They'll also be unveiling  a new green space and nature interpretive Northwood Chesapeake Bay Trail for all of us in the community to enjoy!   At 11 am, walkers Read more...

Happy Earth Day! 40 Years and Counting – Guest Post by Jennifer Chambers of Hiking Along

Jennifer Chambers is the founder and leader of Hiking Along, a hiking and science program that “engages children in exploration of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it.” Jennifer leads groups of children, preschool to high school, on hikes of scenic trails around the Metro DC region and in hands-on science activities.  Read on for her recommendations on how we can likewise share a respect of the Read more...

Washington Post: Earth Day 2010 Fun for Families

Today I have a piece in The Washington Post on a ton of FREE area activities for families to celebrate Earth Day, Saturday April 17 - Sunday April 25.Earth Day will be celebrated with a week's worth of activities in the Washington area By Jessica McFadden Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, April 16, 2010 I asked my son Charlie what he knew about Earth Day and he replied: "It's the day when the Earth gets cleaned up -- kind of like the day when the recycling truck comes to your house, Read more...