Why Kids Need to Spend Time Exploring the Natural World

Between the demands of work, errands, fitness, and family, modern life can be a juggling act. We try our best to fit everything in—scheduling workout classes, date nights with our partners, and our children’s increasingly packed schedules.

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Calling all NatureKids Superstars!

Are you one of our many incredible NatureKids Explorers? Would you like to tell the world about the difference being part of NatureKids BC has made for you? Has your view of nature and the outdoors changed since joining NatureKids BC? Do you care about our planet and want to do more to protect it while having fun? Would you like to help us reach out to people and groups who can make donations so we can offer more awesome, exciting adventures to you and your NatureKids BC friends? Are you comfortable in front of the camera for photos and video and have a ...

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How to talk about climate change (without scaring the kids)

Here is our list of top tips to help start the conversation about the changing climate with your children in a way that creates a hopeful and balanced perspective.

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‘Snot’ eaters! Who knew?

At low tide each March and April huge flocks of Western Sandpipers swoop down to feed on the 6,000 hectares of brownish-grey gooey mud south of Roberts Bank.

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Plants for Pollinators

June – the month of many seasons June is always a finicky time of year for weather – beautiful sunny days can quickly turn surprisingly cool with sudden rainstorms. Having spent many of these June hours watching and waiting on ideal research conditions, I often think of the pollinators at this time of year and how their short lives also follow these daily ups and downs. With the exception of hummingbirds, pollinators are cold blooded animals (ectothermic) which means they need sunshine to fly. You may sometimes find a pollinator huddled up inside a flower to avoid a ...

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We are growing!

NatureKids BC has big plans to ensure everybody knows that kids belong in nature. To help us grow our impact, we're seeking a team member who'll work in collaboration with our Executive Director to raise more revenue through a variety of fund development activities. This contract (one-year to start with) is particularly is suitable for a result-oriented fundraiser who wants a part-time position (22.5 hours per week) based from home. The job description is posted on Charity Village's website. NatureKids BC seeks an ambitious, innovative and results-oriented fundraiser ...

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Cats and Birds

Our relationship with house cats and wild birds is complicated. NatureKids BC's Executive Director, Louise Pedersen, recently spoke with TV host Judi Murakami about ways we can keep cats and wildlife birds safe for the benefit of both. Suggestions include keeping cats from roaming unsupervised by training them to walk on a leash or building them a catio. The video (below) was produced for Shaw Channel 4 in Comox Valley, BC. NatureKids BC recently finished its two-year long Bird Aware Cat Care Youth Citizen Science Project. We are grateful to all the ...

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Read Our 2017 Impact Report

If you enjoy seeing kids and families having fun exploring their local nature, you’re in for a treat. We had a great time sifting through all the images that were sent to us throughout the year by parents and volunteers from across BC. Each image really tells its own story of fun times exploring and learning, all while being part of an amazing community of kids, families and volunteers who share a love of the outdoors. With the help of our extended community of volunteers, members, donors and partners, NatureKids BC had a remarkable impact. This past year more than ...

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Planting for Pollinators: May

There's much that we can all do to help pollinators in our own backyards. It's key to remember that pollinators feed largely on flowering plants. They consume sugar-rich nectar, as well as protein and fats from pollen. Here are some hot tips for making pollinator-friendly backyards. Make sure to not use pesticides, and purchase starters that have not been treated with pesticides before you bought them. Prevent turning the soil or mulching where possible. Over 70% of native bees live in the ground, and disturbed soil ruins their homes. Plan your garden ...

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Kids give pollinators a helping hand in province-wide initiative

NatureKids BC is launching a new pollinator citizen science project this week that encourages kids and their families all over British Columbia to collect data on local pollinators. The project will provide opportunities for children to get involved in real science and learning about nature on their doorstep. Through pollinator surveys and education materials, children will learn about wild pollinators and how to identify them. They will collect data on the abundance and diversity of bees, wasps, and butterflies in green spaces in their local area through data collect...

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