#HowToNature series: Hiking

Hikers in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)

Hikers in Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by NCC)

For thousands of years, humans have worked to find better ways to shelter ourselves from the elements. Huddled around an open-air fire, we probably saw owls or squirrels nestled in the hollow of a tree, and thought, “Doesn't that look cosy?...

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Longing for the long weekend

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

Birding at the Tabusintac Estuary, NB (Photo by NCC)

Much of my adolescence has prepared me well for long weekends. I grew up exploring forests, watching clouds and skipping through puddles — an amateur explorer, some might say. And I can assure you that this angst to be surrounded by green...

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Your Brain on Nature: A Q&A with Alan Logan, N.D., about the benefits of nature on our mental health

Shell Conservation Intern Hurst Gannon, Sight Point, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Shell Conservation Intern Hurst Gannon, Sight Point, Nova Scotia (Photo by NCC)

Alan Logan, co-author of Your Brain on Nature, has become a household name here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Since its publication in 2012, the book has become a rallying cry for the importance of spending time in nature. In it,...

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This holiday, take time to enjoy the winter wonderland

Winter hiking on the Niagara Escarpment (photo by Al Thompson)

Winter hiking on the Niagara Escarpment (photo by Al Thompson)

With winter storms battering the country from coast to coast and the mercury dropping, it's easy to want to huddle inside by the fireplace. But most of us find that we're happier when we get outside. For my husband and me, some of our happiest...

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With deer in cedar: A call to get children back into nature

Looking for wild things at the lake (Photo by Erica Thompson/NCC staff)

Looking for wild things at the lake (Photo by Erica Thompson/NCC staff)

To witness a deer in full flight is astounding. It’s particularly impressive when you are standing only a few feet from its flight path. I was walking with friends and their one-year-old son at the back of their farm on the Niagara...

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