Youth scientists wanted!

Many of Canada’s birds are in trouble (some species have declined by over 90%) and free-roaming cats add to the list of risks that birds face. Cats on the other hand, are also exposed to a variety of threats, including diseases, vehicle collisions, and fights with wildlife and other cats. This summer, NatureKids members can once again help wild birds and keep cats safe. You can get involved in two ways: 1. First take our short Bird & Cat survey and get a chance to win some great prizes, including a MEC gift card. This survey (takes only a couple of ...

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NatureKids launches major outreach effort to BC’s elementary schools

Our mission to help BC children get outdoors to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature got a large boost this week. Thanks to the generous support of the Y. P. Heung Foundation, we are this week extending our reach to BC's 1,450 elementary schools.  All elementary schools will receive a free copy of the summer 2017 edition of NatureWILD Magazine and the accompanying Curriculum Connections guide written by teachers for teachers. Up to 150 schools will be eligible for a complimentary one-year school membership and a number of environmental stewardship grants ...

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Summer Reading: The Big Book of Nature Activities

We recently picked up a great book that we can't recommend enough! The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world.

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Come along to our AGM on May 13

This year's Annual General Meeting is a family friendly event especially for NatureKids BC members. Come learn more about what we have been up to over the past year, participate in electing our Board of Directors and join us for scrumptious cupcakes. Event Details: Saturday May 13, 2016 Location: Stanley Park Pavilion (second floor), 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4 Time: 9:00-10:00 am All current members of NatureKids BC are invited to attend the AGM and to participate in this important annual celebration and brief business meeting. Come meet your ...

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A Glimpse from the Children & Nature Network International Conference

As Co-Leader of NatureKids BC’s Vancouver Club with Leslie Bol, I feel fortunate to have attended a day of the Children and Nature Network conference in Vancouver last week.  We had a great presence from NatureKids, with Executive Director Louise Pedersen, Board member and Vancouver Club Co-Leader Leslie Bol, and former Executive Director Kristine Webber (Kristine was a panel member of a session on addressing age-appropriate engagement in family nature clubs, see picture). As a parent and as a club organizer, I love being outdoors and supporting families to get ...

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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week happens all around Canada this week (April 23-29) and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the generous spirit of our volunteers and reflect on the many ways that volunteers are part of NatureKids BC. Last year, 77 volunteers - who come from all walks of life - contributed more than 8,000 hours of their time as well as knowledge to the organization. And, that doesn’t even include the many generous nature mentors who help deliver most of the Explorer Day adventures around the province. Volunteers have supported NatureKids BC in so many ways ...

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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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