More than 60 years ago, conservation icon Dr. Jane Goodall began her research on chimpanzees. It was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to addressing the three crises – climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental inequity.

Today, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGIC) supports youth-led projects and initiatives across Canada. One of their programs is the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which selects 12 youths to join as members from across Canada being part of various JGIC committees. This nature guide resource was mindfully created by the 2022-2023 JGIC YAC cohort. As youth growing up during the rise of the three crises, we understand that for people to protect something, they first have to care about it.

The YAC hope this resource will help you, your friends, your students, or your classmates fall in love with the natural world a little bit more, and that it inspires you to protect what we have before it’s too late. Within the guide you will find sections on science, art, mindfulness, and more. It is designed to be used at any time of year, or in any region of Canada.

For those who have experienced the joy of being alone with nature there is really little need for me to say much more; for
those who have not, no words of mine can ever describe the powerful, almost mystical knowledge of beauty and eternity
that come, suddenly, and all unexpected.

Dr. Jane Goodall

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