Family nature clubs: Connecting to a fun world of outdoor exploration

If you were to share some of your fondest memories from your childhood, what would you tell us? Maybe it was the softness of your grandmother's cheek, the fun adventures you had with your first dog, or maybe it was the memory of digging holes to “China” or mucking around in the woods? You too will probably recall the freedom you had to roam around in the neighbourhood, engaging in what we now call “unstructured outdoor play”. Perhaps you remember your parents commanding “Go out and play”, and the only rule was being back before it got dark? Those were great ...

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Victory for BC’s ancient glass sponge reefs!

NatureKids BC applauds the federal government for taking important steps to protect Canada's rare glass sponge reefs off the B.C. coast through the restriction of commercial fishing in the area. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dominic LeBlanc, announced earlier today the federal government's intentions of establishing a 2,410-square-kilometre marine conservation area, comprising three sites between Vancouver Island and the archipelago of Haida Gwaii. NatureKids BC reported on glass sponge reefs in its spring 2016 issue of NatureWILD (click to read the ...

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Youth Citizen Scientists Help Birds & Cats

Citizen science – which is crowdsourcing of conservation data by the general public - is becoming increasingly popular, and has been shown to be an effective way to help youth learn about the environment, have a conservation impact and connect them to their community – all while being outdoors. Birds are one of the most popular subjects for citizen science projects, and no wonder really. Birds are all around us, they are active during the day when we are and they are powerful indicators of overall ecosystem health. Last year NatureKids BC launched the two-year ...

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Get out in the snow!

You might have noticed some snow this weekend if you're living in southern BC. In case you missed this activity from the winter issue of NatureWILD, check it out now!Making the most of each season and enjoying nature's elements are fundamentals of being a Nature Kid. We encourage you to take a more scientific look at that white powdery stuff all over. Why not make your own snow gauge to track how much snow you get or test how much water is in a jar of snow? Check out this guide to get started!This activity is part of NatureKids BC' column in the winter issue of Eco Parent ...

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Support getting kids outdoors

The health and well-being of today's children are threatened by the decline of outdoor play, an increasingly screen-based lifestyle and the commercialization of childhood. With your support, NatureKids BC can continue to create fun and engaging opportunities for kids and their families to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature.You still have a few more days to qualify for a 2016 tax receipt. Year-end donations can be made by mail if postmarked by December 31, or through our online donation page: http://www.naturekidsbc.ca/p/support-us.html Thank ...

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Support getting kids outdoors

The health and wellbeing of today's children are threatened by the decline of outdoor play, an increasingly screen-based lifestyle and the commercialization of childhood. With your support, NatureKids BC can continue to create fun and engaging opportunities for kids and their families to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature. You still have a few more days to qualify for a 2016 tax receipt. Year-end donations can be made by mail if postmarked by December 31, or through our online donation page: http://www.naturekidsbc.ca/p/support-us.html Thank ...

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The Perfect Christmas Gift that Lasts All Year Long

Can't decide on what to get the kids in your family for Christmas? Consider a NatureKids BC membership! For just $25 for a year, the whole family receives: Access to Explorer Days with a local nature club  NatureWILD - BC’s only home grown nature magazine for kids sent to your mailbox four times a year A special kids Welcome Pack for each child (magnifying glass, backyard bird ID card, Enrollment in our Passport and Action Awards Quest programs An opportunity to be part of a province-wide community of kids and families who enjoy ...

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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 ...

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Kiaera is the winner of our summer drawing competition!

Untitled-2 Kiaera of NatureKids Nicomekl is the official winner of our "There are Ants in my... NatureWILD?" competition! Here is her terrific drawing. Keep an eye out for more competitions in your NatureKids E-blast, there are often great rewards up for grabs!

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Launching This Summer: Ridge Meadows Family Club & Otter Home Learners!

Untitled-2 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 for these clubs to be posted soon. Click here to register for a new membership!

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