Nature therapy (part four): Homeschooling in nature

The Sandersons are a nature-loving family (Photo courtesy of Amy Sanderson)

The Sandersons are a nature-loving family (Photo courtesy of Amy Sanderson)

As engagement manager, I have the great privilege of exploring Saskatchewan and meeting many new people along the way. Every Conservation Volunteer holds a special place in my heart, and getting to know them and learn from them is one the best...

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Nature therapy (part three): Sit spots, sound walks and yoga

Water lily in a pond (Photo by Pexels, CC0)

Water lily in a pond (Photo by Pexels, CC0)

Connecting with nature, even for five minutes a day, can have tremendous benefits for your health and wellness while helping to reinforce positive new habits. Nature is quiet and resilient and provides an opportunity for us to re-connect with...

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Nature therapy (part two): Expressive art therapy

Rose, Maymont, SK (Photo by Don Dabbs)

Rose, Maymont, SK (Photo by Don Dabbs)

In part one of our nature therapy series, we heard from a Regina-based mom and social worker about how nature-based art projects have helped her tap into the creative side of her mind and how the experiences have benefitted her mentally during...

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Nature therapy (part one): Nature-based art is about more than just art

Leaf printing. (Photo by Sage Yathon)

Leaf printing. (Photo by Sage Yathon)

In a world full of change and unknowns, we can find ourselves looking for inspiration and positive outlets. There is one thing that is constant and can heal us: nature. Building and maintaining a relationship with nature can have many positive...

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Reconnecting with nature, each other and ourselves

Exploring Yoho National Park (Photo by Kayla Burak/NCC staff)

Exploring Yoho National Park (Photo by Kayla Burak/NCC staff)

There are many benefits to working for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), but one of the more recently announced benefits might be my favourite: two paid nature days. When this new perk was announced, I’ll admit my first thought was...

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Team work really does make the dream work: A toast to my co-workers

Six staffers and volunteers, 200 shrubs, five hours. Team work really does make the dream work. (Photo by NCC)

Six staffers and volunteers, 200 shrubs, five hours. Team work really does make the dream work. (Photo by NCC)

I’ve always said that I have the best co-workers, and this fall, they proved my point again. As an engagement manager with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I feel like I’m always asking for help at volunteer and engagement...

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The tool belt

Many of us struggle with our mental health. (Photo by Pixabay)

Many of us struggle with our mental health. (Photo by Pixabay)

What? A tool belt for mental health? Close your eyes and picture a place that makes you happy. Maybe it’s your grandma’s house; maybe it’s somewhere outdoors that holds a special place in your heart. Think of things that make...

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Why I spent Mother’s Day 200 miles away from my daughter

Kayla Burak with her daughter (Photo courtesy of Kayla Burak)

Kayla Burak with her daughter (Photo courtesy of Kayla Burak)

It was Mother’s Day weekend and I was hundreds of kilometres from my daughter, my back was sore, my hands hurt, but I was happy. I spent the day helping a group of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff and Conservation Volunteers plant...

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