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New York State to Publish Outdoor Kids Mag

Conservationist for Kids will be distributed to schools statewide.

By Jason Fell

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced its plan to launch a nature magazine for kids called Conservationist for Kids.

The magazine, which is to be published three times per year, will be distributed to fourth-grade classrooms statewide. For the launch issue, the magazine will be sent to regular subscribers of the DEC's recently redesigned Conservationist magazine.

"In a world full of iPods, Xboxes and 500-channel digital cable, our youngsters are spending more and more time indoors on the couch, disconnected from the natural world," New York state DEC commissioner Pete Grannis said in a statement. "Conservationist for Kids gives children across New York a reason to venture outside, offering fun and informative activities that we hope will spark a connection and concern for nature that lasts a lifetime."

In addition to featuring information and activities for kids, Conservationist for Kids will include a how-to teacher supplement for using the magazine to enhance classroom learning. Idaho is the only other state to have an outdoor kids magazine (though it's subscription based) that's mailed to classrooms.

By Jason Fell

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