12 Days of Christmas Spirit For Mother Nature – Day 1
We hear a lot about the Spirit of Christmas, but what does it really mean? For my family, it isn’t about how many presents we get – or if we are getting the latest and greatest gear from the “Christmas Outdoor Gear Lists” instead, it is about helping people, giving of ourselves and talking stock of what is “really important” in life. For us, “Mother Nature” is truly important – Her natural beauty, winding hiking trails, snow capped mountains, wild animals, crystal clear freshwater lakes, prairie grasslands, to name a few, are everyday reminders that we are guests in her house – and we need to be better guests!
Day 1 – Nature Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Founded in 1939, this is Canada’s oldest national nature conservation organization. Their Mission Statement is to “protect and conserve wildlife and habitats by engaging people and advocating on behalf of Nature”. Source- Nature Canada
They provide a lot of fantastic information about wildlife and ecosystems on their website and Facebook page. Are you a family that spends time outdoors? Take a picture and use the hashtag #MyNatureHood, to submit a picture of your family enjoying outdoor activities, who knows, you might make it on their FB page. In addition they have a #GivingTuesdays program that enables you to give to their organization.
A Symbolic Nature gift, is an ideal gift for the person that “has everything”. When my boys were in preschool, we knew that their teacher loved the outdoors, instead of giving her yet another “best teacher” gift, that would sit on a shelf and collect dust, we did a symbolic donation in her honour. She was thrilled!
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) , is the largest charity in Canada with a mandate to conserving Canada’s most important natural areas and the species that call these areas home. As of 2015, it has helped conserve over 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres) of land.” Source – Nature Conservancy of Canada
Merry Christmas and Happy Hiking!