Articles & Education

Resources, articles and education supporting Girl Scouts outdoors!

Girl Scout, Youth, & Adult Programming

The Girl Scout Ranger Program is a partnership connecting Girl Scouts with National Park Service sites across the United States.

Junior Ranger

USDA Forest Service
Free Junior Ranger Book & Pin. Learn about ecosystems, preventing forest fires, and more! Available in print and .pdf.
Stickers, Magnets, and Games!

Washington Trails Association

Outdoor Leadership Skills Training,
Gear Library Orientation


Leave No Trace is a great resource for novice and experienced adventurers to learn about outdoor etiquette and backcountry ethics.
Take the pledge:

For decades the National Wildlife Federation has worked to connect children and youth with nature, inspiring children through Ranger Rick® magazine, working with educators to get kids learning outdoors, and helping parents find new ways to engage their children outside. 

National Geographic Educator Certification

Demonstrate your expertise in interdisciplinary teaching and join a community of changemakers.

Wolf Haven Iternational

Many different on site and virtual education programs available. Suggestion: Eco Friend Badge

Virtual Learning Experience Request Form

PeakFinder APP

PeakFinder shows the names of all mountains and peaks with a 360° panorama display.

Gear, Cool Tools, Apps, Science

Outdoor Gear Lab – have you ever wanted to buy an outdoor product and been stumped about which product is best?  Outdoor Gear Lab provides trustworthy reviews and side-by-side comparisons of latest high-quality outdoor gear. Reviews are not sponsored by manufacturers. 

US Topo Maps – free topographic maps covering nearly entire US. Maps include most of the feature classes of traditional topographic maps. A great tool for anyone planning a longer hike or backpacking trip in the wilderness. Topo maps can be downloaded free of charge at: 

Rugged Resource Lab. Patagonia's checklists and gear guides. The gear cleaning guide is very useful especially for mildew in tents: 

National Audubon.  Watching birds in your backyard!  Go on a hike and look at the birds:  and information about going birding: 


"Green-Exercise" has both well-being and economic  benefits, as well as immediate and long-term impacts.

Hiking My Feelings

Healing Happens
One Trail At A Time

Stepping into the
Healing Power of Nature

It’s a challenge for parents to keep their children entertained over the long summer break. To reduce the times you hear, “I’m bored,” you need to plan ahead. Check out these 60 outdoor activities and choose the ones that will keep your children smiling all summer long: 

10 Fun Ideas for Your Backyard Campout

Awesome camping fun for Seattle-area families — without leaving home: