BIG NEWS FOR CANADA’S NATURAL SPACES!

The government just announced projects that will help Canada meet its international commitment to protect 17% of our land and freshwater by 2020. There’s more to do, but this is great news for nature — and for all of us. This announcement allocates $175 million from its Nature Challenge Fund for 67 conservation projects over four years. This is a major milestone on the path to protecting Canada’s threatened natural areas.  Hundreds of species that call Canada’s natural areas home lack the protections necessary for them to thrive, and this is only ...

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BOOK LAUNCH: GONE IS GONE

When it comes to extinction, size doesn't matter. When something disappears from the ecosystem, everything is affected. When it comes to taking action and sparking change, size also doesn't matter. Little ones have the capacity to make a tangible difference in protecting wildlife, and Isabelle Groc's newest children's book speaks to exactly that. NatureKids BC is proud to announce the launch of Gone is Gone: Wildlife Under Threat, in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver. Gone is Gone, published by Orca Books, covers important topics regarding endangered wildlife. ...

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VOLUNTEER POSTING: Directors (Board of Directors)

NatureKids BC is currently recruiting for Directors to join our Board! This is a great opportunity to gain valuable/rewarding experience working with a non-profit organization. Note that these positions can be conducted remotely from anywhere in BC. The Directors set the strategic direction for the organization and are collectively accountable to the NatureKids community, funders and other stakeholders. Directors are accountable for NatureKids BC’s performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives and for the effective stewardship of financial and ...

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VOLUNTEER POSTING: TREASURER (BOARD OF DIRECTORS)

NatureKids BC is currently recruiting for a Treasurer to join our Board! This is a great opportunity to gain valuable/rewarding experience working with a non-profit organization. Note that this position can be conducted remotely from anywhere in BC. Time Commitment: Approximately 10 to 15 hours monthly on average (preparation and review of financial records, attendance at meetings and consultation), including time as the Treasurer and a Board member generally. Board meetings are held every other month, except during the summer (with the occasional addition of a ...

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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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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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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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Where do you look for rocks and minerals in BC?

Lower MainlandThe 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. KamloopsOnce 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 available ...

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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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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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