Although BC Nature and NatureKids are two separate organizations, we share similar goals and philosophies in nature education and time spent outdoors. We share the same office and the two organizations have worked closely together for many years. Many BC Nature Clubs support their local NatureKids by providing many levels of support including members offering up volunteer time to lead NatureKids field trips. The youth of today are the naturalists of the future!
NatureKids BC’s mission is to help children get outdoors to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature. Children aged 5-12 and their families get outside and discover nearby nature through a network of volunteer-led family nature clubs, discovering the wonders of the natural world as they explore outdoors on Explorer day field trips, read about nature in NatureWILD magazine and take action for the environment with stewardship projects and citizen science initiatives.
There has never been a greater need for organizations like ours. It is important that we actively help this generation of children get outdoors and connected with nature because so much is at stake if we don’t. Along with the many health benefits – including stress reduction, better sleep and improved mental and physical health – spending time outside also helps families develop stronger bonds and, very importantly, it teaches children about environmental stewardship and inspires them to protect our environment.
We run an award winning nature discovery program with an 18-year track record of getting children and their families outside exploring nearby nature. Through a province-wide network of 25+ volunteer-led nature clubs in communities all over British Columbia, children explore nature on their doorstep, learn about BC’s wildlife, plants and wild spaces, and take action for nature.