10 ways to enjoy the great outdoors this summer

Nodwell, AB (Photo by R. Berdan)

Nodwell, AB (Photo by R. Berdan)

July 3, 2019 | by Raechel Wastesicoot

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore all that nature has to offer. Whether it's a hike on a sunny day or curling up with a book or documentary about nature when the rain rolls in, immerse yourself in nature no matter the weather or your experience level.

Here are 10 of my favourite ways to enjoy nature this summer.

1. Explore a Nature Destination

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Nature Destinations program invites you to take a journey through some of the greatest examples of our country’s natural areas and to connect with nature. Find one near you.

2. Watch a nature documentary

While there is nothing like exploring the outdoors first-hand, not everyone has access to nearby natural areas. However, you can stay in touch with nature through films and books from the comfort of your own home. Check out our recommendations.

3. Build an insect hotel

An insect hotel (Photo by Marzena7 CC0)

An insect hotel (Photo by Marzena7 CC0)

Many insects and their relatives, such as ladybugs, wild bees, beetles and spiders, require shelter. Make your backyard or green space open for vacancy by making an insect hotel.

4. Explore an NCC property with Google Trekker

Want to explore some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes where NCC works? Thanks to Google Trekker, a backpack-mounted, 360-degree camera that uses the same technology as Google Street View, you can. Trek some of NCC’s properties virtually here.

5. Build a bat house

Bats are secondary cavity users, which means they don’t make their own cavities for shelter and nests, but instead use those created by other animals (usually woodpeckers). Give bats a helping wing by building a bat house this summer.

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6. Lend nature a hand

NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program engages Canadians of all ages in the protection of our country's species and natural habitats. The program provides meaningful, hands-on learning in ecologically significant areas. Find an event near you.

7. Give power to the pollinators

A bee pollinating a plant from the mint family (Photo by NCC)

A bee pollinating a plant from the mint family (Photo by NCC)

When it comes to nature conservation, a little can go a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts in helping pollinators can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy our precious natural spaces. By planting native species in your garden, you can help pollinators flourish. Learn more.

8. Cook with nature

Nature is the single greatest provider that we, as humans, have. What better way to get to know the land than through your stomach? Discover recipes that you can make from foraged ingredients.

9. Check out a bird nest cam

Osprey in their nest (Photo by Lorne)

Osprey in their nest (Photo by Lorne)

Around the world, wildlife cameras have been set up in places where birds nest. The purposes of these cameras vary, but each can help viewers connect to and learn about their subjects in new ways. Explore and learn more about the bird species seen through cameras across Canada here.

10. Go camping

Summer is officially underway, and with it comes prime camping season. Whether you are a veteran camper or thinking of planning your first trip, check out these five essential summer camping safety tips.

Raechel Bonomo (Photo by Chase Wastesicoot)

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Raechel Wastesicoot is the manager, internal communications and culture at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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