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A Natural Selection

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!

Home Events Good Fun at the Holidays
Good Fun at the Holidays

Keep The Good Fun! Book in mind this holiday season! With 12 months of ideas for parties that help communities and the world, The Good Fun! Book keeps on giving.

For the teachers on your list, Good Fun can make a terrific present. The notions of service learning and giving back that are presented in the book can help educators and librarians provide engaging launching points for the students in their life.

And Good Fun offers parents a way to cultivate character development and address some of the bigger social issues that kids face in a supportive, encouraging approach. By helping kids throw a party to collect canned goods or mittens and socks, sew comforting blankets for kids in need, or round up favorite books, Good Fun gets the conversations started.

So make your list, and check it twice. Having Good Fun there would be awfully nice. . .