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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My nature scavenger hunt with Invermere's Little Badgers

Little Badgers show off their scavenger hunt list (Photo by NCC)

Little Badgers show off their scavenger hunt list (Photo by NCC)

Recently my colleague, Michael Curnes, made a presentation during Crazy Hair Day at Harry Anderson Elementary School in Richmond, British Columbia. The students at the school had raised funds for multiple charities, including the Nature...

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Ol' Pop reflects on Father's Day and his family's respect for nature

Jeff and Mason Polakoff (Photo courtesy of Jeff Polakoff)

Jeff Mason Polakoff (Photo courtesy of Jeff Polakoff)

Anyone who knows me knows that my favourite place to be is surrounded by family at our cabin in Lake of the Woods; particularly with my wife Debbie, our daughter Jamie and her partner George, our son Mason and his wife Lindsay and our...

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Why should we care about Nature Deficit Disorder?

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)

I’ve been spending time outdoors for as long as I can remember, but I can’t begin to imagine what this world would be like without nature. As I grew up I began to appreciate how good I had it — living in a great city like...

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Family fun for winter: Show your love for nature this Valentine's and Family Day

Out for a snowshoe in Gatineau Parc, QC (Photo by DJ)

Family snowshoe in Parc de la Gatineau, QC (Photo by DJ)

Imagine never having to hibernate again. Instead of watching endless movies you could be out enjoying nature; instead of spending countless hours on the computer or playing video games all weekend you could be out getting fresh air and having...

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Of bugs and slugs: Pint-sized citizen scientist discovers a strange blue slug, far from home

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

My seven-year-old son Malcolm was excited about going on the Slug & Snail Walk at Chase Woods. He loves hiking, and I hadn’t the heart to tell him that there likely wouldn’t be a lot of actual hiking on this field trip. Slugs and...

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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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