Christmas Bird Count for Kids 2016 - Stanley Park

NatureKids BC is once again partnering with Bird Studies Canada and Stanley Park Ecology Society to deliver an exciting Explorer Day event for members. The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly birdwatch event that builds bird identification skills and contributes to important citizen science for bird conservation.

This year the event will be on December 10th. For specific times and to register, go to:

The adventure begins with a short indoor session that includes learning about birds, how to identify them and practice using binoculars. We then head outdoors, and each participant (and accompanying parent) will be part of a small birding team led by an experienced birder. Each team will conduct a 45 minute bird survey in Stanley Park, recording the number of bird species and individuals seen. After the survey all teams will meet up again for lunch and we'll tally up all the bird numbers and compare sightings.

This family event is suitable for children ages 5-12 and children must be accompanied by an adult. What to bring:
  • Warm clothes, rain gear and appropriate footwear 
  • Binoculars and bird field guide if available (otherwise provided) 
  • Bagged lunch and water
The event is co-sponsored by Bird Studies Canada, NatureKids BC and Stanley Park Ecology Society and it's made possible by a grant from Nature Canada through their NatureHood Program. Register today for the Christmas Bird Count for Kids event in Stanley Park. 

This free event is open to non-NatureKids members too so feel free to bring friends. Space is limited for this program, so register early. Any questions? Get in touch with Louise at

NatureKids BC Announces New Executive Director - Louise Pedersen

Since 2000 NatureKids BC has helped thousands of children get outdoors to experience and take action to protect nature with their local nature exploration club. Kids have paddled canoes, slept under the stars, built bird boxes and pulled invasive plants. These experiences have helped children and nature thrive, and are just a sample of the many ways NatureKids BC continues to connect children with nature.

Today NatureKids BC announces a new member to the team of passionate volunteers and staff that power their work!

NatureKids BC welcomes Louise Pedersen of North Vancouver as Executive Director. Louise brings a deep passion for engaging youth with nature, as well as significant conservation, philanthropic and communications experience to her new role. As a parent of young children she knows first hand the importance and challenge of connecting children with nature in our fast-paced and screen-enabled society.

Louise grew up surrounded by heathlands in rural Denmark and acquired her love of nature there. She has worked in the philanthropic and communications field for a number of non-profit organizations in British Columbia, including Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. She also she spent five years with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK- Europe's largest wildlife conservation organization (and on whose youth program NatureKids BC is modeled).

Louise holds a M.Sc. in natural resource management from the University of Copenhagen as well as a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. In her spare time she's an avid birder, cyclist and trail runner who loves exploring the local North Shore Mountains with her two young daughters.

Louise says she is “excited to be working with NatureKids BC where I can embed my passion for children and nature and use my communications and philanthropic background to build on all the great work NatureKids BC has done over the last 16 years”.

NatureKids BC is excited too, and looks forward to Louise’s leadership in achieving our vision of having children develop a love of nature, a lifelong connection to the natural world, and have the environmental literacy and skills to take action for nature.

Louise can be reached at

Launching this summer: Ridge Meadows & Otter Home Learners!

NatureKids BC's reach continues to grow as we eagerly announce two new NatureKids clubs opening this summer - Ridge Meadows & Otter Home Learners! If you know friends or family in these areas please encourage them to join. Explorer Days to be posted soon.

Go here to register for a new membership!

NatureKids BC Welcomes Summer Staff!

Introducing Kristina..

Kristina is a SFU Biology and English undergraduate student whose life mission is to protect the planet and the species that inhabit it, from the smallest of birds to the biggest of bears.

She’s passionate about connecting others to the diverse ecosystems surrounding them; having previously worked at Science World as a Science Facilitator and with Parks Canada as a Coastal Naturalist, she has plentiful experience doing just that!

In her spare time, you’ll likely find her exploring local thrift stores and flea markets, napping with her two cats, or combing a beach for local marine critters.

Having been outdoors horseback riding or playing with caterpillars (gently!) for much of her childhood, Kristina understands how important large doses of nature are to a child’s health and happiness. Seeing as NatureKids facilitates these nature doses for families in BC, she’s excited to be working with an organization that feels the same way that she does about BC’s natural spaces! This summer Kristina will be helping NatureKids BC update and refresh our website-- stay tuned!

Kristina's position has been made possible through the Federal Government's Canada Summer Jobs Program.