Ghost Bear is creating fun, visual stories that inspire a love for nature.
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What's the colour game? Why do you pump your fist when driving through Nanton, Alberta? Why would you waddle through waist high snow, with temperatures below -30, in a t-shirt to track a fisher? (And what the hell is a fisher anyway?)

Jill and Simon are the quirky - yes, let's call them quirky - storytellers behind the non-profit Ghost Bear Institute, a growing international community that believes balanced storytelling can unleash the type of creative thinking needed to better balance the needs of people and nature.

How?

Our signature project 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 ecosystem’s in Canada’s Rocky Mountains to learn how a dominant grizzly bear thrives with a partially paralyzed hind leg.

…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 the field 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?
Tiers
The Insider
$1 or more per month

For the price of a can of pop per month, you can support nature literacy by ensuring we get five meals in the field per year. (Meal replacement bars are food-ish - and cost efficient too!) 


1. One free downloadable 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.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

ALLY
$2 or more per month

For the price of a so-so slice of pizza per month, you can support nature literacy by covering the cost of gas for one day in the field per year. Maybe we'll even be able to find a real lynx to document for Nature Labs thanks to you! (Lynx exist, right?)


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. 5% 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.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!

 

* Price in USD

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

VIP
$5 or more per month

For the price of a cup of coffee per month, you can support nature literacy by funding a new hard drive to record and back-up our interviews with experts from across Canada and around world. You have no idea how many hard drives it will take to build Nature Labs. (Like, you could turn Simon into a mummy with all of the hard drive cords we already own...and we've almost maxed out our hard drives!)


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

MAJOR LEAGUER
$10 or more per month

Instead of buying two tickets to watch the boys of summer play baseball (say the dreadful Blue Jays), you can support nature literacy by keeping us warm for a full winter day in the field. Snow can come as early as September and winter can last into May in Mount Robson Park - and our tent isn't quite equipped for the extreme cold, nor is Jill. Your support can literally extend summer in our hearts by ensuring we sleep at a B&B, while still covering our usual field production costs. 


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

SUPERSTAR
$25 or more per month

For the price of one mediocre pizza pie delivery a month, you can fund our travel to new locations in North America to interview unique voices and profile incredible stories of nature and stewardship.


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  One 16x24” LIMITED EDITION fine art print of your choice for FREE (including shipping!) per year, mailed at the end of your 12-month subscription.


6.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

HERO
$100 or more per month

For the price of one dinner out a month, you can help us receive an actual salary for our work. We have been volunteering our time and have spent the last of our savings to bring Nature Labs to life. Help make this project sustainable for us so that we can make nature literacy a reality for all.


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit.)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  One 16x24” LIMITED EDITION fine art print of your choice for FREE (including shipping!) per year, mailed at the end of your 12-month subscription.


6.  A virtual, hour-long, PERSONALIZED workshop. Want two professional photographer's to provide you with a portfolio review? We can do that! Want us to create a virtual field trip for you to look for specific animals in a specific place in Canada's Rockies? Done! Want to spend an hour having a detailed tutorial on visual storytelling techniques or best practices for photo editing and social media marketing? Rock 'n' roll! How about a virtual presentation for your school, community group or camera club? Absolutely! (Delivered at the end of your year's subscription.)


7.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

**Why does nature literacy even matter? And who are Simon and Jill and what do they actually do? Check out NatureLabs.ca!

Goals
20 of 25 patrons
We will complete over 100 interviews with interesting and inspiring citizens, from all walks of life, who can provoke students to think critically and act creatively to find a better balance between the needs of people and nature.
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What's the colour game? Why do you pump your fist when driving through Nanton, Alberta? Why would you waddle through waist high snow, with temperatures below -30, in a t-shirt to track a fisher? (And what the hell is a fisher anyway?)

Jill and Simon are the quirky - yes, let's call them quirky - storytellers behind the non-profit Ghost Bear Institute, a growing international community that believes balanced storytelling can unleash the type of creative thinking needed to better balance the needs of people and nature.

How?

Our signature project 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 ecosystem’s in Canada’s Rocky Mountains to learn how a dominant grizzly bear thrives with a partially paralyzed hind leg.

…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 the field 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?

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Tiers
The Insider
$1 or more per month

For the price of a can of pop per month, you can support nature literacy by ensuring we get five meals in the field per year. (Meal replacement bars are food-ish - and cost efficient too!) 


1. One free downloadable 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.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

ALLY
$2 or more per month

For the price of a so-so slice of pizza per month, you can support nature literacy by covering the cost of gas for one day in the field per year. Maybe we'll even be able to find a real lynx to document for Nature Labs thanks to you! (Lynx exist, right?)


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. 5% 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.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!

 

* Price in USD

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

VIP
$5 or more per month

For the price of a cup of coffee per month, you can support nature literacy by funding a new hard drive to record and back-up our interviews with experts from across Canada and around world. You have no idea how many hard drives it will take to build Nature Labs. (Like, you could turn Simon into a mummy with all of the hard drive cords we already own...and we've almost maxed out our hard drives!)


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

MAJOR LEAGUER
$10 or more per month

Instead of buying two tickets to watch the boys of summer play baseball (say the dreadful Blue Jays), you can support nature literacy by keeping us warm for a full winter day in the field. Snow can come as early as September and winter can last into May in Mount Robson Park - and our tent isn't quite equipped for the extreme cold, nor is Jill. Your support can literally extend summer in our hearts by ensuring we sleep at a B&B, while still covering our usual field production costs. 


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

SUPERSTAR
$25 or more per month

For the price of one mediocre pizza pie delivery a month, you can fund our travel to new locations in North America to interview unique voices and profile incredible stories of nature and stewardship.


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit!)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  One 16x24” LIMITED EDITION fine art print of your choice for FREE (including shipping!) per year, mailed at the end of your 12-month subscription.


6.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

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

HERO
$100 or more per month

For the price of one dinner out a month, you can help us receive an actual salary for our work. We have been volunteering our time and have spent the last of our savings to bring Nature Labs to life. Help make this project sustainable for us so that we can make nature literacy a reality for all.


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! (You must have an Instagram account to access this benefit.)


4. Join us (virtually) in the field! We will create a full day virtual field trip to give you a sense of how we search, scour, run and roll find elusive wildlife, and how we build Nature Labs stories. Our virtual field trips are perfect for those who aren't able to get into the field as often as they'd like, and also for those who are keen to learn more about the art of storytelling (created per season!).


5.  One 16x24” LIMITED EDITION fine art print of your choice for FREE (including shipping!) per year, mailed at the end of your 12-month subscription.


6.  A virtual, hour-long, PERSONALIZED workshop. Want two professional photographer's to provide you with a portfolio review? We can do that! Want us to create a virtual field trip for you to look for specific animals in a specific place in Canada's Rockies? Done! Want to spend an hour having a detailed tutorial on visual storytelling techniques or best practices for photo editing and social media marketing? Rock 'n' roll! How about a virtual presentation for your school, community group or camera club? Absolutely! (Delivered at the end of your year's subscription.)


7.  Irregular video-y (or written updates depending on Wifi access, or lack thereof) updates from the field - the prequel to Nature Labs After Dark! What’s Nature Labs After Dark? Check our ‘Goal’ section! It’s going to be awesome and you can see the making of the making of series (that’s not a typo; that’s a thing)!


* Price in USD

**Why does nature literacy even matter? And who are Simon and Jill and what do they actually do? Check out NatureLabs.ca!