Ghost Bear

is creating fun, visual stories that inspire a love for nature.

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For the price of a cup of coffee per month, you can support nature literacy and receive the following:

1. One free image each month for your personal use, whether on your desktop or for printing and hanging on your wall. These images are EXCLUSIVE to our Patreon community.

2. 10% discount on all items - including limited edition fine art prints - from the Ghost Bear Store for an entire year. And remember, 100% of all purchases support the non-profit work to create Nature Labs.

3. EXCLUSIVE Instagram story updates - sometimes serious and often ridiculous - as we work to bring Nature Labs to life. Whether we are giving you an EXCLUSIVE look at our otter footage and how we got it (Jill fell in a river!), or giving you the EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes story of our interview with a former prime minister (she's worried for our future!)...we will send you our news through private Instagram stories. Also: you gain a new follower; we will follow you back!

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** Why does this project even matter? Check out NatureLabs.ca!

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Instead of buying two tickets to watch the boys of summer play baseball (and let’s be honest, it might be a while before any of us are watching live sports), you can support nature literacy and receive the following:

1. One free image each month for your personal use, whether on your desktop or for printing and hanging on your wall. These images are EXCLUSIVE to our Patreon community.

2. 15% discount on all items - including limited edition fine art prints - from the Ghost Bear Store for an entire year. And remember, 100% of all purchases support the non-profit work to create Nature Labs.

3. EXCLUSIVE Instagram story updates - sometimes serious and often ridiculous - as we work to bring Nature Labs to life. Whether we are giving you an EXCLUSIVE look at our otter footage and how we got it (Jill fell in a river!), or giving you the EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes story of our interview with a former prime minister (she's worried for our future!)...we will send you our news through private Instagram stories. Also: you gain a new follower; we will follow you back!

4. EXCLUSIVE access (other than high school students, of course) to the Nature Labs Podcast Series (updated bi-monthly)! What’s the Nature Labs Podcast Series? We’re sitting down with some of the world’s most interesting people to hear untold stories, diverse perspectives and provocative ideas at the intersection of nature and passion. Why? From former prime ministers to top chefs, from traditional knowledge keepers to innovation investors, you’ll hear why the one thing everyone can agree on is that nature matters. But how we create a better balance between the needs of people and nature? Well, that’s a bit more complicated. This isn’t Nature of Things or Planet Earth. This is a different kind of nature storytelling. We’re not telling you what to think, but we are challenging your assumptions. And by sitting down with the most unusual of suspects, we hope to edutain through conservation. Join us, won’t you?

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** Why does winter field work even matter? Check out NatureLabs.ca!

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For the price of one mediocre pizza pie (safe drop) delivery per month, you can support nature literacy and receive the following:

1. One free image each month for your personal use, whether on your desktop or for printing and hanging on your wall. These images are EXCLUSIVE to our Patreon community.

2. 20% discount on all items - including limited edition fine art prints - from the Ghost Bear Store for an entire year. And remember, 100% of all purchases support the non-profit work to create Nature Labs.

3. EXCLUSIVE Instagram story updates - sometimes serious and often ridiculous - as we work to bring Nature Labs to life. Whether we are giving you an EXCLUSIVE look at our otter footage and how we got it (Jill fell in a river!), or giving you the EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes story of our interview with a former prime minister (she's worried for our future!)...we will send you our news through private Instagram stories. Also: you gain a new follower; we will follow you back!

4. EXCLUSIVE access (other than high school students, of course) to the Nature Labs Podcast Series (updated bi-monthly)! What’s the Nature Labs Podcast Series? We’re sitting down with some of the world’s most interesting people to hear untold stories, diverse perspectives and provocative ideas at the intersection of nature and passion. Why? From former prime ministers to top chefs, from traditional knowledge keepers to innovation investors, you’ll hear why the one thing everyone can agree on is that nature matters. But how we create a better balance between the needs of people and nature? Well, that’s a bit more complicated. This isn’t Nature of Things or Planet Earth. This is a different kind of nature storytelling. We’re not telling you what to think, but we are challenging your assumptions. And by sitting down with the most unusual of suspects, we hope to edutain through conservation. Join us, won’t you?

5. A monthly question and answer session with D. Simon & Jillian R. themselves. We will be answering any questions you send our way: whether it’s providing detailed updates on our progress, telling you what it’s like shaving without a handle, providing you with our (Simon’s) hot take on the Canucks rebuild or Canadian politics (a non-partisan take, of course). We’ll discuss what you want to discuss. Sometimes these sessions will be live, sometimes they’ll be in 4K video, sometimes they’ll be made with smoke signals…it all depends on where we are at the moment.

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** Why do interviews and place-based stories even matter? Check out NatureLabs.ca!

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About Ghost Bear

GhostBear.org | NatureLabs.ca

Jill and Simon are the quirky - yes, let's call them quirky – designers and storytellers behind the non-profit Ghost Bear Institute’s Nature Labs.

We believe that balanced storytelling can unleash the type of creative thinking needed to better balance the needs of people and nature.

How?

Nature Labs seeks to create a virtual high school textbook that uses nature as a real-world example of class lessons. We want to equip teachers with the resources they need to meet existing curriculum guidelines and provide students with a mosaic of stories and real-time connections that can connect their class to their lives.

Why?

We want create a new generation that acts with a foundation of nature literacy in all that they do.This isn't David Attenborough. Or David Suzuki. (Though we do have our own David: Simon's legal first name! Anyway...) It's Nature Labs. Or, for you, our (hopefully) faithful Patreon subscribers, it's a window into the stories we'll tell and the adventure that is bringing Nature Labs to life.

Sometimes serious and often ridiculous, we invite you to join us on a journey unlike any other…

...Into one of the most spectacular ecosystems in Canada’s Rocky Mountains and the fragile, yet resilient lives of three remarkable grizzly bears…

…Into the boardroom of one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs to learn what nature means to Jimmy Pattison, and into the kitchen of Canada’s most innovative chef, Marc Lepine, as he demonstrates why his food tells nature’s stories…

…Into the minds of a couple who are risking everything (Will we have a home in a year? Who knows! No more normal food, just meal bars (and pizza) to save money! Who needs razor handles to shave - let’s cut that too!) to build a vision we hope can help change the world.

We want to share with you EXCLUSIVE images from the field. We want to bring you virtually into our world to experience what we experience and learn alongside us. We want to give you an unfiltered, unglamorous look at what it takes to bring a new idea to life: A former high school teacher learns programming and audio! The kid who tried to save the spirit bear learns to drive (maybe)! Two married people try living in a tent for three months (again)! A non-profit discovers how little funding exists for non-partisan storytelling (hint: none)!

We know where we want to go, but we don’t know how many twists and turns still await us. And we know we can’t do it alone. But in joining with us, we can stumble along this path together - and laugh about it! - as we try to do our part to create a better world. So join us, won't you?

* Ghost Bear institute is a federally registered non-profit organization. We cannot issue tax receipts.


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We will document the journey of one incredible grizzly bear from his home in the headwaters of the iconic Fraser River down valley to the shadow of the tallest peak in Canada's Rocky Mountains, Mt. Robson. In the doing, we hope to have the content that will create the narrative backbone for Nature Labs, creating a powerful metaphor for the work ahead to safeguard our biodiversity.
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