Give glitter a miss this Christmas

The last week of school is wrapping up and you might be planning some last-minute art projects with your kids, but skip the glitter this year. The sparkly stuff, which is synonymous with homemade Christmas crafts, can find its way onto our streets and into our parks by blowing off Christmas cards and homemade decorations. Glitter is a micro plastic and the small size of its particles makes it a potential ecological hazard,” says Louise Pedersen, Executive Director of NatureKids BC. “Birds are an inquisitive species and enjoy examining new objects, especially shiny ...

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Help Us Get More Children Outdoors

We hope that you will deepen your commitment to connecting children with nature by making a special, financial contribution today.

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Come birding with us this winter and contribute to citizen science

Round up your birding friends and help us count the birds this winter! The Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) is a fun, family-friendly bird watching event that takes place all across Canada and the US in December and January each year. CBC4Kids events are all about creating enthusiasm for birds, building bird identification skills and making a real contribution to important citizen science for bird conservation. Watch this video to learn more about this great annual initiative. Last year NatureKids BC was the largest single organizer of the event across ...

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SPUD fundraiser for NatureKids BC

NatureKids BC has started a new fundraiser with SPUD - the organic box provider. For each fundraising box purchased by our supporters, NatureKids receives 25% as a donation. SPUD delivers all the way out to Hope and up to Pemberton and on Vancouver Island they deliver from Victoria to Nanaimo and on Salt Spring Island. You can support our fundraiser by following the instructions here for Vancouver/Metro Vancouver or here for Vancouver Island. To participate, you will need to make a free account with SPUD and then follow the instructions for linking each ...

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Where do you look for rocks and minerals in BC?

Lower Mainland The varied geology of the Lower Mainland offers many different rocks. From the low beaches to the mountain tops, rock hunters can find a wide range of interesting finds. Kamloops Once covered by water, Kamloops is a premier rockhounding location with fossils and minerals such as gold, opals, agates, zeolites, geodes and many other precious gemstones strewn throughout the region. The McAbee Fossil Beds (which was once a shallow lake, 50 million years ago), Savona Caves and Painted Bluffs Provincial Park are places to check out. Guided local tours are ...

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Make it Monthly!

Image credit: Colin MacQuillan
Become a monthly donor and help us get more children across BC outdoors to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature. Monthly giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support NatureKids BC. All gifts have an immediate impact and bring the benefits of nature exploration and learning to more children in BC. Your support directly helps us: Increase the number of children across BC who get opportunities to explore, play and learn in nature through our nature club program Ensure we help children who can’t afford to get involved in nature-based ...

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New job opportunity with NatureKids BC

Our program coordinator, Tammy Keetch, who has been with us for more than six years, is moving on to new, exciting adventures and we are looking for her replacement. Do you love working with people and managing programs, and are you passionate about connecting kids and families with nature? The Program Coordinator is responsible for volunteer engagement and program management of NatureKids BC's nature club leadership network, ensuring the organization provides the best possible experience for our volunteers and members. The role champions nature clubs in communities ...

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Book Review

Best Places to Bird in British Columbia By Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings. Are you an avid bird watcher or just starting out? Are you travelling around our beautiful province this summer? We have the perfect book for you! This book will introduce you to 30 birding sites around B.C. Some  will likely be familiar to regular bird watches, while others may come as a surprise. Readers can choose their destination by species or by geography. The book is divided by regions and includes detailed information not only on how to get there but also on how to make the ...

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2016 Annual Report is Here!

We're very excited about presenting our 2016 annual report. It's not until we start writing about our adventures across BC and add up the numbers that we are once again reminded of how wonderful this organization really is. Thanks to all of you for making this happen! Here are some of the amazing numbers from last year: More than 1,250 youth members took part in Explorer Days, stewardship projects and other NatureKids BC activities 100 volunteers gave 8,000 hours of their time, skills and experience 57 nature club leaders organized and led monthly Explorer ...

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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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