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What are your plans for Earth Day 2012? When you think of charities to help out, think trees and grass and critters, and the organizations working every day to protect them.

We love nature, so it's only natural that we love The Nature Conservancy too. This organization works around the world to save lands and waters for nature and people.

The Nature Conservancy has preserved more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. With a foot in all 50 states and more than 30 countries, they protect habitats from grasslands to coral reefs in places all the way from Alaska to Zambia. Check Nature Conservancy out today.

Great idea

Earth Day is April 22, but you can celebrate all year long with clever craft activities!

One of our favorites is planting a simple herb garden. Just grab a grownup and a small planter. Decide on your three favorite herbs -- we recommend pizza toppers like basil and oregano, and mint for summer lemonade. Use a long rectangular planter and cluster the seeds in three areas so they grow together.

Start the seeds indoors now, and before you know it, you'll have a garden full of good taste. When the seedlings are sturdy in a few weeks, move the planter outside and enjoy your delicious greens!

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Come Celebrate With Us

We will be celebrating the release of The Good Fun! Book this fall, and we want you to be in on the action, too. Come to a book party, and bring your friends! The more, the merrier. 

Or throw a party to benefit your favorite cause, and let us in on the fun, too! Just send us a video or write an essay telling about your party. Our publisher might send a check to the charity of your choice! Think of all the good we can do when we join forces!

Here are some upcoming book party events:

  • October 22, 2010: The Good Fun! Book publishes
  • October 22: At 6:30 p.m. Come celebrate the book’s launch at the Borders in Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. We’ll make a Halloween craft to take home, share some delicious treats, and have some fun while doing some good. Bring a new pair of pajamas to donate to the Pajama Program, which helps kids living in shelters around the country.
  • October 23: Book launch event: It's a playground build with Kaboom!, where volunteers will come together to help build a fantastic playground at Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.
  • October 23: At 10 a.m. Join us as we help generationOn launch on Make A Difference Day at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C. Families can participate in the Service Walk and hands-on service projects. generationOn is a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. Click here to learn more about generationOn.
  • October 30: At 10:30 a.m. Join us for a fun morning of doing some good and having some fun at Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C.). We'll share party ideas and tips for saving money without sacrificing the fun.
  • October 30: At 1 p.m. Come celebrate at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Virginia). We'll be available to answer questions and talk about the book.
  • November 12: At 6 p.m. Party at 57th Street Books in Chicago. Join us as we work on a special Thanksgiving-themed project. Bring a bag of canned goods to help the nearby Hyde Park/Kenwood Food Pantry. We hope to see you there!
  • November 13: At 11 a.m. Book-launch party at Anderson's Book Store in Naperville, Illinois. Join us for a Thanksgiving craft and fun snack. Bring a few canned goods to donate to the local food bank, Loaves & Fishes.
  • November 13: At 2 p.m. Join us at Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, Illinois, for a fun-filled party. Bring a new pair of winter gloves, a warm hat, or snuggly socks, and we’ll donate them to a local shelter that helps families. We’ll make a fun winter craft and share a delicious treat.

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