Shopping local: A berry beneficial choice

Farmers' market (Photo by Erik Scheel, Pexels)

Farmers' market (Photo by Erik Scheel, Pexels)

‘Tis the season You wake up on a lazy Saturday morning. The sun is shining, the grass is green and fresh produce is in season. It's time to make your way over to your nearest farmers' market to stock up on locally made and grown...

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Summer intern interviews: Meet the fresh faces of NCC's Saskatchewan region (Part one)

Summer interns of NCC's Saskatchewan region (Photo by NCC)

Summer interns of NCC's Saskatchewan region (Photo by NCC)

Every summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hires students from across the country to work in its summer intern program. The students help complete valuable conservation and fundraising work during their time here. They are also the...

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Something old, something new

Tending a community garden (Photo by Bob Nichols/US Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia commons)

Tending a community garden (Photo by Bob Nichols/US Department of Agriculture, Wikimedia commons)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enchanted with the magic of gardening. The way I see it, gardening has the power to give life and mark new beginnings, turning something old into something new. Better yet, there’s nothing like...

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Summer at a desk: Why it is more important than you think

Work behind the computer can still contribute to on-the-ground conservation. (Photo by NCC)

Work behind the computer can still contribute to on-the-ground conservation. (Photo by NCC)

I have always been passionate about nature. My summers have always involved being outside, either for recreation or for work. This summer, however, I have the opportunity to be involved in conserving nature — from indoors. I am the summer...

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My first month as an intern

NCC's 2018 Alberta Conservation Interns group shot (Photo by NCC)

NCC's 2018 Alberta Conservation Interns group shot (Photo by NCC)

Birds, barbed wire and brome, oh my! The first month of my internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Conservation Volunteers (CV) program in the Alberta Region has been busier than I ever could have imagined. From...

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Drawing attention: Putting a love for nature on paper

My nature journal entry on the plant life at Yamnuska Mountain, AB (Photo by Emma Dunlop/NCC)

My nature journal entry on the plant life at Yamnuska Mountain, AB (Photo by Emma Dunlop/NCC)

Nature journaling; two words that I recently have noticed cropping up together, in everything from youth education curriculums to mindfulness and meditation workshops. My first encounter with nature journaling was during my reluctant participation...

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Environmental values: the heart of the matter

Sunset at NCC's Bunchberry Meadows, AB. (Photo by NCC)

Sunset at NCC's Bunchberry Meadows, AB. (Photo by NCC)

Why do we care? I’ve always been passionate about the environment. I love learning about nature, I love spending time outside and, most of all, I love to work toward saving it. Everything I do and every decision I make takes environmental...

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Giving back to the next generation

Monarch (Photo by Steven Russell Smith)

Monarch (Photo by Steven Russell Smith)

I have a lot to thank the monarch butterfly for. Well, not just the monarch butterfly; I should give my Grade 6 teacher some credit too. My teacher helped our class raise and release monarch butterflies as part of a school project. Raising a...

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A thank you to a “fun” dad

My dad and me when I was 14 (Photo courtesy of Logan Salm/NCC intern)

My dad and me when I was 14 (Photo courtesy of Logan Salm/NCC intern)

There is something romantic about the solitude of nature. The sense of seclusion and the interconnectedness with the world around you is indescribable. I enjoy the proverbial “call of the wild” to be alone in nature as much as anyone,...

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Regeneration ablaze on the Rice Lake Plains

A black oak engulfed in smoke from the prescribed burn at Hazel Bird Nature Reserve. Black oaks are tolerant of low-intensity fires, allowing them to thrive in tall grass prairie ecosystems. (Photo by NCC)

A black oak engulfed in smoke from the prescribed burn at Hazel Bird Nature Reserve. Black oaks are tolerant of low-intensity fires, allowing them to thrive in tall grass prairie ecosystems. (Photo by NCC)

“Why is that on fire?” ― a burning question I have received from many curious folks on my Instagram account after posting videos of a prescribed burn that took place at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Hazel Bird Nature Reserve...

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