The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. The Nature of Things entertains and inspires audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

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Episodes

The Nature of Things Chasing Snowflakes

Scientists are unraveling the delicate mysteries of the snowflake. From the formation of single flakes to the howling 70 km/h winds of lake effect snow storms to the destructive power of avalanches, intrepid researchers are bringing snow science into the 21st century.
  • 2014
  • 00:43:44
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/04/2015

The Nature of Things Decoding Desire

From preening peacocks to promiscuous primates, what do animals reveal about our own sexual behaviour? Explore how sexual diversity and the experience of pleasure itself may be the key to species survival. Decoding Desire features leading scientists who examine mating behaviours and reveal research that shatters old assumptions about human sexuality.
  • 2014
  • 00:44:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/01/2014

The Nature of Things Dreams of the Future

We live in a world where technology is constantly changing, and keeping up with the latest everything can be a challenge. The Nature of Things asked Dr. Jennifer Gardy to explore current scientific research that will impact us all in the future. She travels from Toronto to Los Angeles, Tokyo, Munich and back to Vancouver exploring the brave new world of 3D ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/04/2015

The Nature of Things Stonehenge Uncovered

With exclusive access to the work of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, the most extensive archaeological study ever made of the wider area around Britain's famous monument, Stonehenge Uncovered reveals fascinating new information about the surprisingly advanced and sophisticated civilization that built the Stone Circle. This fascinating documentary takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BCE to 2500 ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/18/2014

The Nature of Things The Allergy Fix

If you’ve been to a children’s birthday party lately, chances are at least one of the little guests had an EpiPen, a portable needle loaded with epinephrine. It’s standard equipment for a growing generation of highly allergic North American kids: more than three times as many children have food allergies now than 20 years ago. And one out of every ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/12/2014

The Nature of Things Trek of the Titans Classroom Favourites

The leatherback sea turtle is a magnificent creature that can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. This ancient species swims faster, travels further and dives deeper than any other reptile on the planet. In the Atlantic, the turtles migrate every year from their nesting grounds in the Caribbean to the chilly waters off the east coast of ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/05/2014

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: Ice Edge (Part 4 of 4)

Canada’s arctic wildlife is finely adapted to a life on and around ice and yet this frozen landscape is undergoing a massive shift due to humans. A landscape inhabited by wildlife and people who have found an amazing variety of ways to survive. From polar bear cubs making their first discovery of ice to a caribou calf “dancing” in the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

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  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: The Eternal Frontier (Part 1 of 4)

Go on an extraordinary journey from the spectacle of humpback whales feeding on capelin off Newfoundland to the world's largest intact temperate rainforest in British Columbia that is home to the rare "white" black bear. Acrobatic flying squirrels and thousands of red-sided garter snakes are just some of the incredible array of wildlife we see.
  • 2014
  • 00:44:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

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  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: The Heartland (Part 3 of 4)

Central Canada has both native grassland and boreal forest teeming with wildlife, and yet here too the hands of early humans have shaped the land. From the prairies to Canada's vast boreal forest that stretches almost from coast to coast, we reveal a huge wilderness of extremes that has been shaped over millennia by both humans and wildfires. Here pronghorn ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:16
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

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  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide

The Nature of Things Wild Canada: The Wild West (Part 2 of 4)

Journey from the secret world of Canada's wettest and most biologically diverse landscape, the temperate rainforest, to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The stories are intimate and epic: from wolves that fish for salmon to the thrilling sounds of head-butting male big horn sheep, to ice-covered grizzly bears living near the Arctic Circle. The ancient coastal forests hide ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/08/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Wild Canada Teacher Resource Guide