Give thanks to nature on Thanksgiving Sunday

The environmental non-profit Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Ottawa Valley Chapter (CPAWS-OV) is creating a new Thanksgiving tradition this year. Thanks to Nature is an annual event that invites people to disconnect from their screens, take a break from their hectic lives, have an adventure, and reconnect with the wild.

“As little as 10 minutes in a natural setting has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels and boost happiness,” said John McDonnell, CPAWS-OV Executive Director. “Now more than ever, our community needs to slow down, take a break, and reconnect with the outdoors.”

(A Peregrin Falcon appears in the Moss Botanical Garden at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa.)

CPAWS-OV invites all to join them on Sunday, October 10th in four parks across Ottawa and Gatineau: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Lac-Beauchamp Park, Parc national de Plaisance, and Petrie Island. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 10th, CPAWS-OV team members will be at these four parks to lead visitors through fun activities and walks, all while answering questions about protecting Ottawa Valley’s wilderness.

(CPAWS-Ottawa Valley offers nature hikes for children. They encourage youth to learn about and enjoy nature.)

“For the past 18 months, climate and pandemic news has pushed nature to the forefront of our thinking for the vital role it plays in our lives,” said McDonnell. “CPAWS-OV is excited to welcome people at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Lac-Beauchamp Park, Parc national de Plaisance, and Petrie Island and help them reconnect with nature.”

If you’re unable to make it to any of the parks on October 10th, but would still like to give Thanks to Nature, text NATURE to 30333 to donate $10 to CPAWS-OV and help further conservation work across our community.

You can also participate in the event as a volunteer at any one of the four parks.


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