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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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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