NatureKids BC is a nature discovery and environmental action organization that helps children form meaningful and enduring connections with nature alongside their families.
MISSION: To help BC children get outside with their families to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature.
VISION: To build a healthy and sustainable future for our world by engaging every child and their family in the diversity, complexity and wonder of nature.
VALUES: Integrity, empowerment, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, good stewardship and community.
WHAT WE DO: Powered by passionate volunteers, members and donors, we engage young families in exploring the wonderfully diverse ecosystems of British Columbia through nature clubs in all corners of the province. We are passionate about making it easy for families to get out and explore, play, learn about, and take action for nature together. We introduce kids ages 5-12 and their families to the great outdoors through Explorer Days, NatureWILD Magazine, Citizenship Science and Stewardship initiatives and Awards programs.
WHY WE DO IT: There is a growing body of evidence that getting children outdoors exploring in nature is important for their physical and mental health. Although a connection to nature is proven to make children happier, healthier and smarter, we live in a time where kids spend less and less time in nature. Not only do kids need nature, nature needs them. A love for nature and wanting to go the extra mile to protect it takes years to develop. We work to instill this love into young children through ongoing and meaningful moments in nature with their families.
OUR STORY: With the expansion of suburbs and cities separating families from nature, the Federation of BC Naturalists (now BC Nature) was concerned that kids were becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. To help young children explore, play, learn about and take action for nature where they live, the Young Naturalists Club (YNC) program was formed in 2000. In 2006, YNC became an independent registered charity and was renamed NatureKids BC in 2015. Since 2000, we’ve expanded from one club to nearly thirty clubs that provide regular opportunities for families to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature where they live.