Published on Fri, 11/16/2018 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Three ways to get closer to nature

Canadians are more disconnected from nature than ever before. We spend more and more of our time indoors, and a large per cent of us live in an urban setting away from large natural areas.

We’re losing touch with the natural world, one that needs our help to stop and reverse the damage left by development and climate change.

Through the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Landmark Campaign, we’re creating opportunities for more Canadians to get outdoors and explore nature first-hand, which, in turn, strengthens our relationships with nature and our commitment to its protection.

Below are three easy ways you can help strengthen your connection to nature and do your part to ensure a stronger future for our landscapes.

Give power to the pollinators

Do your part for our native butterflies and bees by planting native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs in your garden.

By growing native plants in your garden, you not only attract beautiful butterflies and bees to your natural space, you're providing food and habitat for these essential species. In the colder months, create spaces in your yard for bees to nest and overwinter by leaving dead tree branches on the ground and having open areas of soil in your garden.

By pollinating our food crops, pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat. They are also important for maintaining the health of our ecosystems.

Explore the great outdoors

Spending time outdoors has many benefits. It has been proven that time in nature can help relieve stress, reduce the symptoms of depression and increase one’s overall health. In addition to its mental benefits, connecting with nature is a great way to increase your appreciation for the world around us.

NCC is protecting natural spaces for Canadians to explore — now and well into the future. Across the country, there are pristine habitats, from estuaries to badlands to hoodoos, to explore and enjoy. Our Nature Destinations program invites Canadians to discover some of our country’s most unique and inspiring landscapes. Check out a Nature Destination near you.

Leave your mark on the landscape

NCC is inviting Canadians to join together in the largest private conservation campaign in Canada. The Landmark Campaign aims to raise $750 million. It’s our most ambitious fundraising initiative to date and the largest private charitable fundraising campaign for conservation in Canadian history.

Your donation to NCC’s Landmark Campaign will accelerate the protection of Canada’s natural spaces and double the NCC lands conserved from coast to coast to coast. This includes the conservation of 500 land and water projects across the country, totalling more than 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares).

Your gift will help restore rare habitats, support species at risk and improve the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink.

By connecting to nature and creating a community dedicated to protecting our natural spaces, we can all do our part to care for Canada’s landscapes and the species they sustain.

 

To learn more about how the Nature Conservancy of Canada can help you reconnect with the natural world or to contribute to the NCC’s Landmark Campaign, please visit natureconservancy.ca.

 

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