From woodsman to grandsons to Canadians

Alan Bonnyman and his two sons (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Alan Bonnyman and his two sons (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Whether they live in big cities or small villages, Canadians often see their identity as defined by nature: by our dramatic seasons, by the sheer size of our country and by living near oceans, rivers, lakes, mountains, prairies and forests. This...

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Greenspace makes for great headspace

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

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

The natural world has always been my fall-back position. Whenever life got too busy, scary or stressful or even when it was at its most fulfilling, I seemed to want, in fact to need, to find some green space to process it all, for a while. As a...

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Take them to feel the forest: Winter sensory activities for kids

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

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

I‘ve walked in the woods all my life, but it wasn't until I took young children with me that I noticed how fascinated they were with the variety of textures found in their surroundings. Kids can spend hours feeling, building, touching and...

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Leaving a lasting legacy with conservation

Paul Smith (right) takes a walk through the forest he transferred to NCC, with Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer of TD Bank Group, and John Lounds, NCC president and CEO (Photo by Simon Wilson)Paul

Paul Smith (right) takes a walk through the forest he transferred to NCC, with Karen Clarke-Whistler, chief environment officer of TD Bank Group, and John Lounds, NCC president and CEO (Photo by Simon Wilson)Paul

When Paul Smith was a child, he called the family’s forest, located three to four miles from his home, “Grandma’s Woods.” Deeded to his ancestors in 1856, it had passed to his grandmother, and he remembers that she had just...

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My tree: a poem

Poem by Irene Bilobeau (Photo by NCC)

Poem by Irene Bilobeau (Photo by NCC)

In the spirit of the holidays, we at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) would like to share a kind message and poem sent to us by Irène Bilodeau, a long-time donor and supporter of NCC. Her prize-winning poem, awarded by the village of...

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Beech bark disease in Canada

Roots of an old American beech tree at Clear Creek Forest (Photo by NCC)

Roots of an old American beech tree at Clear Creek Forest (Photo by NCC)

While hiking through some of Ontario’s forests, you may notice that the beech trees look infected by something. During my undergraduate studies in biology at Western University (formerly known as the University of Western Ontario), I learned...

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For the love of trees: A look at the NCC Magazine Fall 2016 issue

NCC Magazine Fall 2016

NCC Magazine Fall 2016

Do I have to be a tree hugger to love trees? I hope not. I always worry that while embracing a tree I will end up with some sticky, sappy stuff on my clothes. Still, I like trees, although you might say I’m a late bloomer in my appreciation...

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Innovation through collaboration

Nebo Road, SK (Photo by Matthew Braun)

Nebo Road, SK (Photo by Matthew Braun)

Corporate philanthropy plays an important role in supporting the arts, culture, education, health and environment in Canada. Five years ago, corporate philanthropy in Canada totalled approximately $3 billion. Since then, the corporate-giving...

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Out for a walk

Approaching the Bay Bulls lighthouse with the last of the daylight (Photo by Lanna Campbell/NCC)

Approaching the Bay Bulls lighthouse with the last of the daylight (Photo by Lanna Campbell/NCC)

An unnatural thirst for physical pain and the lure of making memories set the stage as we carefully planned out nine days’ worth of trail food. My tent-mate, Megan, would later ask me a few days in, “Did I want to do this hike, or did...

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A walk in the woods: The forest through the lens of a photographer

Forest along Long Tusket River, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Forest along Long Tusket River, NS (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

For me the forest is always a welcoming place. As a child, I always knew what to expect when wandering off: always predictable, friendly and ever welcoming. A forest was a place to immerse myself in and experience nature. Photographing it was...

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