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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A breezy hike at Buffalo Pound

Buffalo Pound property, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

Buffalo Pound property, SK (Photo by Bill Armstrong)

What a delight it was to watch a wary coyote cross the trail in front of me, sizing me up before continuing on its way into a nearby coulee. This encounter may not seem like much, but after three months of staying at home to help stop the spread...

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Backpack Essentials: Don’t let the ticks bite!

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

Backpack Essentials (Image by NCC)

This blog post is part of the Backpack Essentials series, a series that explores the items that Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) staff carry with them when heading outside. It is inspired by the quarterly Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine...

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Our connection to nature

Kids in nature (Photo by NCC)

Kids in nature (Photo by NCC)

“Go outside and play.” I can still hear my grandmother saying these words to me when I was a little kid. I bet you’ve heard this a few times yourself. Maybe you’ve even said it to your own kids. The truth is, “go...

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Ode to a nature commute – part 3, spring

Spring 2019 green-up along my bike route. (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC)

Spring 2019 green-up along my bike route. (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC)

This is part three of a four-part series on bike commuting through nature. Read part one – fall here and part two – winter here. Ahhhh, spring. As a winter bike commuter, I do look forward to spring so I can shed some layers, remove...

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High-rise loon watching

Mark Stabb on the main deck of the CN Tower (Photo by © Mark Trusz)

Mark Stabb on the main deck of the CN Tower (Photo by © Mark Trusz)

Making the most of the COVID-19 lockdown has meant finally doing some of those “if I only had the time” tasks. Photo sorting and scanning is one of those things for me. It also can mean trying things you never thought you would ever...

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Connecting with nature under COVID-19

Danielle Horne (Courtesy of Danielle Horne/NCC staff)

Danielle Horne (Courtesy of Danielle Horne/NCC staff)

On the last weekend in April, I joined the City Nature Challenge 2020, an international effort to document nature in cities around the world, by taking pictures of plants and animals in my neighbourhood in Halifax. This was my second time...

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I just mailed, to say…

A painting of Mount Hereford in Quebec (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

A painting of Mount Hereford in Quebec (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

Let friends and family know you’re thinking of them with a handmade nature postcard If you’ve tried to pick up yeast or flour lately, you may have been surprised to find a lack of both on grocery store shelves. With everyone staying...

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10 awesome nature documentaries to help pass the time

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

Grey wolf (Photo by Gary Kramer, courtesy of USFWS)

As we self-isolate, social distance and find new ways to connect with friends and family, now has never been a better time to learn more about nature. While Blue Planet and Planet Earth are obvious go-tos, we’re sharing some other awesome...

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Look for these first signs of spring across Canada

Red-winged blackbird (Photo by Bill Hubick)

Red-winged blackbird (Photo by Bill Hubick)

With the springing forward of our clocks and the increased daylight, many Canadians are getting antsy for the arrival of spring. What can be more delightful than noticing the little signs that signal the arrival of a new season, such as the...

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