#1000 Urban Miles: An Invitation to walk in the Praeger spirit

Killarney (Photo by Emily Walsh)

This was hiking in the Praeger spirit — he perhaps had been more prolific on the topic of walking in the rain than any other writer. (Photo by Emily Walsh)

It’s possible that you don’t know what walking is, what walking can accomplish, until you have walked a distance across a mountainy bog in Ireland. In the rain. Earlier this summer, accompanied by a colleague and by 14 of our students...

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Finding nature at home

Toronto skyline (Photo by Taxiarchos228, Wikimedia Commons)

Toronto skyline (Photo by Taxiarchos228, Wikimedia Commons)

Nature and cities can seem like opposing ends of an ecological spectrum. Many see nature in its purist form only in wilderness — where our human influence is minimal, or at least hidden. Cities are the grey places on the map that testify to...

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Wild in the city: Some interesting facts about four of my favourite underappreciated city dwellers

Pigeon (Photo by Leoadec, Wikimedia Commons)

Pigeon (Photo by Leoadec, Wikimedia Commons)

If you live in a big city like I do, it may feel like you have to venture far away to a conservation area to connect with nature. While it may even seem like there is nothing around but concrete and people, even big cities are bustling with...

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Urban farming: Bringing communities back to nature

Cherry picking (Photo by Malgiosa Halliop)

Urban farming projects strengthen community by connecting strangers to each other, as well as to the city they live in and the nature that surrounds them. (Photo by Malgiosa Halliop)

As employees of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), something we are often encouraged to do is unplug, unwind and spend some time outside, exploring and connecting to the abundant natural spaces we are fortunate enough to have across the...

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Finding nature in the city

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Winter bud (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

With snow and ice covering the ground here in Toronto, I find myself often daydreaming of warm weather and colourful backdrops throughout the city. My biggest city struggle in the winter is appreciating the natural elements close to me, especially...

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