small hands pointing to yellow fallen leaves on a brick sidewalk... helping kids connect with nature in the city.

5 Fantastic Ways to Connect With Nature in the Big City

A major benefit of living in the city is that you have access to just about anything 24/7. You can order pizza, dash to a pharmacy or swing by the grocery store at almost any hour of any day. However, one thing the city lacks in abundance is evidence of nature. Considering this, how do you teach your kids the importance and beauty of nature when they don’t see it[…]

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A Return to Nature with Homesteading | Gardening and Wellbeing

How self-sustainable is your lifestyle?  Do you sew?  Grow food?  Can you make simple mechanical repairs or attend to minor health concerns?  There’s a growing trend these days to return to the land and a simpler life, connecting to nature with homesteading.  And whether or not you live in the country or in the city, there are elements of returning to nature and homesteading that anyone can incorporate in their[…]

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close up of shoes with a rocky lake's shore line in the distance... a feeling of connecting with nature

Connecting with Nature : A Series of Stories

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir John was a fierce advocate for our natural places.  He loved nature and shared his experiences in hopes of inspiring others to follow his footsteps out of busy lives and onto the trails.  For generations and spanning cultures, spirit and[…]

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Playground at Whistlers Campground with Whistlers Mountain in the background

Why Whistlers Campground is Perfect for Family Camping

Every summer I bring my kids to Whistlers campground for a week of playing, exploring, marshmallow roasting, and campsite spying. Yep, I said campsite spying.  Are you a campsite snoop?  Do you enjoy seeing how other people are camping just as much as you enjoy the camping itself?  You know, walking around the sites and checking out all the different get-ups:  Jeeps with roof-top tents, converted school buses, tiny tents,[…]

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A dad and 3 kids on a family hike in the mountain alpine of Jasper National Park, Canada

Becoming an outdoor family with Take Them Outside

I don’t get my kids outside everyday.  I might want to take them outside and they won’t go.  Or, maybe it’s cold and I don’t want to go outside either.  Am I a hypocrite?  Sometimes the kids just say “no” even if I’m standing at the door dressed and ready for adventure.  I can’t force them, can I?  Do you?  What’s the big secret?  How do we make our family[…]

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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

10 tips to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get your kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park is a rewarding family hike with amazing views of the Athabasca Glacier

Wilcox Pass, Spectacular Views Above the Icefields Parkway

Did you know that the Icefields Parkway is one of the most beautiful highways on earth?  That’s a pretty grand claim to make for a little highway winding through some mountains in the wilderness of Canada.  And yet, while I haven’t driven on every highway on earth, I’m pretty comfortable agreeing with this statement! The Icefields Parkway brings you into the heart of the Canadian Rockies connecting the towns of[…]

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A view down snowy Patricia Street in the town of Jasper. Whistlers Mountain is in the background.

There’s More to the Town of Jasper Than Souvenirs and Chocolate!

A visit to Jasper National Park will leave you with beautiful memories of mountains and wildlife… and hopefully stories to share of adventure and exploration.  While most visit Jasper to partake in its wilderness, there are many ways to enjoy yourself within the town of Jasper itself.   Exploring the town of Jasper The town of Jasper is small and quaint.  Summer is the busy season here, when the streets[…]

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Learn how to get kids excited and interested in nature with indoor birdwatching

Invite Learning & Curiosity with Indoor Birdwatching

Do you have a little bird-lover in your family?  Want a fun way to nourish that interest?  Well, we have a bird enthusiast in our family and I’m going to share with you how we set up an indoor birdwatching station so our daughter could enjoy the birds even when she was inside the house. This indoor bird watching station is one of many indoor nature activity ideas.  Sometimes kids[…]

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