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Girl Scouts of the USA Partners With The National Park Service To Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access To The Outdoors

The Girl Scout Ranger Program Encourages Girls to Earn Patches and Certificates for Outdoor Projects in National Parks

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is announcing a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the "Girl Scout Ranger Program," a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action ("highest award") project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

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International Fund for Animal Welfare and Working Dogs for Conservation Partner to Save Dogs and Wildlife

International Fund for Animal Welfare and Working Dogs for Conservation Partner to Save Dogs and WildlifeRescues 2the Rescue

Many animal shelters have an overabundance of high-energy, toy-obsessed dogs. While these qualities often make them unsuitable as house pets, these dogs are likely to thrive when they have a detection career. In order to maximize adoption rates for these dogs, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has teamed up with Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) to form a new program Rescues 2the Rescue.

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National Pollinator Garden Network Launches Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

In an unprecedented collaboration, dozens of conservation and gardening organizations joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network and launch a new nationwide campaign – the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Designed to accelerate growing efforts across America, the Network is launching the Challenge in support of President Barack Obama’s call to action to reverse the decline of pollinating insects, such as honey bees and native bees, as well as monarch butterflies. Representatives of the Network joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House garden, which includes a section dedicated to support pollinators, to formally launch the Challenge.

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Better Buildings Expanding to Help Increase Efficiency in Homes

Better Buildings Expanding to Help Increase Efficiency in HomesTo further advance energy efficiency in buildings across the country, the Department of Energy is launching two new Better Buildings Accelerators that will help American families improve the efficiency of their homes. The two new accelerators announced today are aimed at making home energy information more accessible to potential homebuyers and improving and expanding home upgrade programs that help Americans save money on their energy bills. With new accelerators announced today, the Department is working to build on the success of the Better Buildings Challenge, cutting energy waste and moving the United States closer to a clean energy future.

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National Park Foundation and Disney to Connect 500,000 Kids with National Park Experiences by 2017

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, announced a three-year collaboration with Disney to get half a million kids into national parks by 2017. Disney will continue its role as lead sponsor of the Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program and support the Find Your Park campaign.

"Our national parks provide transformative, life-changing experiences that everyone deserves to have. Thanks to Disney's continued support, already more than 100,000 kids have had the opportunity to explore these treasured places, many for the first time," said Dan Wenk, interim president of the National Park Foundation. "We are grateful for Disney's commitment to engaging the next generation of park stewards."

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