YNC Sunshine Coast

YNC is very pleased to welcome a new club to the almost 50 around the province--- YNC Sunshine Coast.

The Young Naturalists Club of BC is for kids aged 5-12 who are curious about nature and for those waiting to discover nearby nature with family, friends and volunteer nature mentors. 

To learn more about the benefits of membership or to join the YNC Sunshine Coast click here

Your Volunteer Club Leader
David Stiles, 604-989-1007; YNCSunshineCoast@gmail.com
Supported by: Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project

Explorer Days
Check back soon to see what Explorer Day Adventures YNC Sunshine Coast has in store for this summer and fall! You can always link back to this page by going to the 'Find a Club/My Club' tab on the main menu on the homepage.

YNC Nass Valley

YNC Nass Valley.
Welcome to members and volunteer club leaders of one of the newest Young Naturalists' Clubs located in the heart of Nisga'a territory in northern BC - YNC Nass Valley! 

With the YNC, children aged 5-12 together with their families, have fun outdoors exploring nearby nature and stepping up for nature with Stewardship Projects, Citizen Science activities and the Action Awards Quest. For more information on all benefits of membership or to join the YNC Nass Valley click here.

Your Volunteer Club Leaders
Dawn Germyn & Des Belton; 250-633-2520; YNCNassValley@gmail.com

Upcoming Explorer Days
Check back to see what sort of Explorer Day Adventures this club will get up to this summer and fall! You can always link back to this page by going to the 'Find a Club/My Club' tab on the main menu on the homepage.

Conservation Leadership Workshop for YNC Alumni

A great opportunity for YNC Alumni- click here for more details.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.

The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.

Fossils in this issue of NatureWILD

A trilobite fossil. Photo: Kevin Walsh
What are they? How are they formed? What do they tell us?
Article and Figures 1,2,3 by Young Naturalist Nick Ward (YNC Burke Mountain). 

This article can be found in the latest issue of NatureWILD Magazine, the only magazine made especially for children interested in BC wildlife. Join the YNC and get NatureWILD 4 times a year!

Fossils are the remains of ancient life that have been turned to stone. They come from plants and animals that died thousands or millions of years ago. Usually only the hard parts are preserved in the fossil, because the soft parts rot away before they can be fossilized.

How do fossils form?
Fossils from animals are created when the hard parts of a dead animal are replaced by minerals. To become a fossil, the animal must have been buried soon after death before it rotted away. (see Figure 1, section A). Over thousands of years, the sediment (fine earth) that covered the organism is compressed into stone. (see Figure 1, section B). The soft parts of the organism like the skin, muscles and other organs will most likely have completely decayed; the bones are all that is left and eventually they are slowly replaced by minerals. (see Figure 1, section C). If the soft parts didn’t rot earlier on, they can also become part of the fossil but this is very rare. (see Figure 1, section D)