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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!

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Charity spotlight
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.

 
Puppy Love

Helping animals is tops on most people's list of favorite ways to help. We like the ASPCA -- the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- because they're all about helping our four-legged friends. Founded in 1866, the ASPCA has grown to more than 1 million supporters. Check out a local ASPCA in your community and see how you can help. Throw an animal-themed party and make care packages for the pups and kittens in shelters where you live. It will be a great way to get tails wagging for a good 2011. Learn more about the ASPCA here.

 
Get your goat

Heifer International is a charity we love at the holidays -- and all year long! Heifer is dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty by providing gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially disadvantaged families around the world. When have you had the chance to buy someone a goat? Or a duck? Or a share of a cow? Check out their holiday giving list. The gift of livestock can have an incredible impact on the lives of families in need. Their gift catalog is here.
 
Share Your Soles

Share your soles - shoes

Get to know Share Your Soles, which was begun in 1999 when founder Mona Purdy visited Central America and saw children painting tar on the soles of their bare feet because they had no shoes to wear. When she got back home, Mona rounded up used children’s shoes from her neighborhood and took them back down to an orphanage in Honduras. Since that single act, Share Your Soles has brought tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to people around the world who need them most. You can help by throwing a shoe party! Check out Share Your Soles.