National Volunteer Week: Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch – Nature Mentor

It’s day 3 of National Volunteer Week and today we’re featuring Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch. Cecil is a Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia.  He has has been a Nature Mentor for the Vancouver NatureKids Club leading programs and sharing his love and knowledge of trees and forests. A nature mentor is someone who shares their expertise, skills and knowledge about the natural world with our members during Explorer Days.

What attracts you to NatureKids in particular?
That I can share my passion for trees and nature with children of different ages. I also get really inspired by their enthusiasm and interest. NatureKids offers a great meeting place for nature lovers of all ages!

What do you think other people should know about this organization?
I am really impressed by the energy in the organization, which is contagious. It’s great to contribute when you see that others share your passion.

What contribution to NatureKids are you most proud?
Having children myself, I know that it’s crucial to foster their interest in nature, desire to be outside and share experiences with other kids. I am happy that I have been able to contribute to this, while also always stressing that engaging with nature is a lot of fun.

What is your favorite local park?
I have many favourites, but have a special connection with Stanley Park because of its majestic beauty and fantastic trees. I also really like the maple trees in my street, as they bring nature’s rhythm close to my doorstep.

What’s your superpower?
I can see the often ‘hidden’ connections between people and trees, and the ways in which trees inspire us to do great things.

If you want to learn more about our Nature Mentor Program, find out more here.


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