How to camp with a baby/toddler (relatively) stress-free?

Camping with young ones doesn't have to be stressful (Photo by Quincin Chan/NCC)

Camping is many Canadian's favourite pastime in the summer. What's better than falling asleep under the Milky Way and waking up to the sound of chirping birds and the wind in swaying trees? Once there’s a baby in the picture, however, the...

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Hittin' the marsh

My one educational breakthrough was to teach them to emulate my hayseed ways by chewing on a piece of grass before touring the property (Photo by NCC)

It wasn’t even really that hot. I think that’s the thing that got me. Warm? I guess…for early June. Sunny? Mostly, but there were clouds and a bit of a breeze, so even saying it was warm is pretty generous. And forget about a...

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Nature Days: Healthy children in healthy spaces

Students from Adrienne Clarkson Public School spend a day exploring NCC's Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve in Ontario (Photo by Sandy Nicholson Photography)

In recent years, a number of reports have suggested that screen time has taken a serious toll on children’s mental and physical well-being. But when kids ditch their screens to get their hands dirty in nature, amazing things can...

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Blackie School Green Day

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

Students making ferruginous hawk nesting platforms. (Photo by Sandi Riemersma)

The first of June was an exciting day in the small community of Blackie, Alberta. “Why is that,” you ask? It was the first ever Blackie School Green Day! Close to 20 partners came together to offer their knowledge and resources to more...

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Why our pedestrian trails are more important than ever

Trail building with the cubs (Photo by Bill Wilson)

Trail building with the cubs (Photo by Bill Wilson)

I believe that pedestrian hiking trails are more important for the welfare of our communities than ever before. I’d like to elaborate on why this is so. I’d also like to express why it so very important for more volunteers to support...

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A return to the land: What my daughter is learning from a childhood in nature

Grace and Pepper enjoying a fresh snowfall (Photo by Elke Meyfarth/NCC staff)

Grace and Pepper enjoying a fresh snowfall (Photo by Elke Meyfarth/NCC staff)

There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about the importance of giving children the opportunity to connect with nature. I wholeheartedly agree, and I think we need to remember just how important that connection is for ourselves as well....

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Makes me wonder: Nature firsts

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

Students from John Norquay Public School, Nature Days Vancouver (Photo by HSBC Bank Canada)

When it comes to the natural world, there is something remarkable about first times. On the doorstep of discovery is a story taking form, one that eventually settles into memory and becomes part of who we are and how we come to know the places...

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Giving children a good night's sleep

Sleeping Children Around the World Canada (Photo courtesy of SCAW)

Sleeping Children Around the World Canada (Photo courtesy of SCAW)

For many organizations, and here at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (well, until this year, when we changed our year-end by a month), December marks not only calendar year end but also end of Q2 and I bet you know what that means —...

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Never too old or young to experience the wonders of nature

Child walking in the woods (Photo by Lisa Grilz)

Never too old or young to experience the wonders of nature (Photo by Lisa Grilz)

Some say there’s a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Without a doubt, family plays an important role in the nurturing, upbringing and education of children. Through this familial interaction, wisdom and values get passed...

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Gone swimming: There may be more behind water's magical allure than we think

Katie Redux (Paiting by Elizabeth Lennie, http://www.elizabethlennie.com)

"Kids playing on a log in the water represent to me a metaphor for the struggle to exist in a universe of constant change. The expectant struggle to climb up, the exhilaration of success, then the falling down and starting of the cycle again – impossible to control the liminal quality of water or the waves of a tide – and a symbolic cleansing of the spirit." ~Elizabeth Lennie (Painting by Elizabeth Lennie, http://www.elizabethlennie.com)

Water compels me. There’s nothing like the sensations accompanying a dive into the deeps of a fresh water lake, wading out from the ocean’s shore into an unbroken horizon of blue or dunking off the dock’s edge into the dark...

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