Giving Canadians a nature prescription
Nature Conservancy of Canada helping connect people with outdoors and disconnect from thier phones and tablets
A recent national survey determined that 87 per cent of Canadians feel better, happier and healthier when they spend time outdoors. Ironically, two-thirds of adults don’t spend as much time outside as they did when they were younger. So, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is offering a prescription for nature.
NCC is inviting Canadians to connect with and care for the natural world at NCC properties located across the country.
NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program connects Canadians of all ages with nature, by offering opportunities to explore and care for some of Canada’s most amazing places. The national non-profit organization is urging people to get involved in volunteer projects on local conservation sites designed to benefit nature. At the same time, volunteers receive mental and physical health benefits from being outdoors.
NCC, a national land trust, cares for some of Canada’s most spectacular natural places. Kailey Setter, national manager for conservation engagement with NCC, points out that participating in volunteer events is an ideal way for people “to learn about and enjoy these sites while giving back to nature and giving themselves a break from technology.”
“Canadians live very busy lives with daily pressures. Some of us become creatures of habit, spending a lot of time looking at our phones and screens. However, putting the screens down and going outdoors and in nature is a great way to decompress and clear your head. Increasingly, medical evidence is showing that spending time in nature is beneficial to your physical and mental well-being, said Setter.
“Volunteers are instrumental in NCC’s efforts to protect nature. We invite Canadians to join us in various activities, such enhancing trails and boardwalks, planting native trees, shoreline clean-ups, removing invasive species and building nest boxes. Thanks to their time and energy, our volunteers make an immense contribution to helping care for these areas.”
To date, NCC has 64 events planned across the country in 2019, with more to be added throughout the summer. Canadians are encouraged to learn more and sign up for events at conservationvolunteers.ca.
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