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two kids by a pond

A river in the city – some Time for Nature

Originally published August 27, 2012

My family and I live in a city. You might be picturing a concrete jungle without much opportunity to connect with nature. Yet our neighbourhood is teeming with nature and my kids love it.

We live not far from the Humber River and spend many a lazy day sauntering along the path enjoying what nature has to offer. We have met deer, frogs, snakes, geese (always geese), chipmunks and squirrels. I think we may have even spooked a beaver by accident once.

On a particularly beautiful day, we went to a local park to do some climbing, sliding and swinging. At the edge of this park there is a path that leads down to the Humber River. Thinking our kids would rather play at the playground, we settled on a park bench to enjoy the sun and to watch them play. Continue reading


School Kids Set the Example for this Fall’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Boy cleaning up garbageGillian Archibald, a teacher at Jackman Avenue Public School in Toronto, is passionate about water. Her enthusiasm is infectious among her students, who joined her in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, and a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF.

Archibald and 50 students cleaned up part of the Don River in May as part of the spring educational program, a youth-based program supplementing the fall national shoreline cleanup. The students cheered as Gillian announced that together they picked up over 58 kg of trash, including plastic dog poop bags, cigarette butts, an old yoga mat, plastic utensils and food wrappers.

“Clean water is one thing no one can live without, and yet we take it for granted,” said Archibald. “This is a great opportunity for kids to see the human impact on our waterways and the environment. Hopefully, they will go back to school and talk to their friends and other students about it.” Continue reading