I give back to Edmonton by volunteering for the Edmonton and Area Land Trust, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and Ducks Unlimited Canada, to help conserve and steward natural areas in the Edmonton region. I perform a variety of tasks; collecting species data, removing weeds and barbed wire, and clearing trials. I like getting outside and enjoying the environment in different seasons. It is refreshing to get outside and enjoy, protect, and restore the natural environment. Many of the activities are also good exercise and a way to build team spirit. Volunteering is important because there are limited financial and human resources to protect the environment, and conserve or restore important natural areas in Canada. A lot of important work is done by volunteers; making Canada a better place to live.