John Acorn

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John Acorn
Born Edmonton, AB
Citizenship Canada Canada
Known for Alter-ego, The Nature Nut
Spouse(s) Dena Stockburger (doctor)

John Acorn, also known as The Nature Nut, is a naturalist who is known for his inspiring personality and infectious love of nature.[citation needed] He is a local Edmonton celebrity, combining folk music with educational lyrics about the natural world. He is a lecturer at the University of Alberta, a research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and a research associate at the E.H. Strickland Entomology Museum.

Television Series[edit]

John Acorn became publicly known for his television series Acorn, the Nature Nut. 88 episodes were produced, each focusing on a different aspect of the natural world. Acorn's personality was expertly captured in this series, expressed through folk songs, whimsical descriptions like Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass and characters like Skibibad Windfield.[citation needed] He was also the host of Twits and Pishers a series about birdwatching that ran for two seasons on the Discovery Channel.

Acorn also appears in recorded displays at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

Episode Titles[edit]

  • Anoles
  • Ants
  • There's nothing wrong with frogs.
  • Ants
  • Aquarium fishes
  • Arizona Arachnids
  • Autumn
  • Bats
  • Beetles in the rain forest
  • Big wet rodents
  • Bird boxes
  • Butterflies
  • Carabids
  • Caterpillars
  • Chameleons
  • Click Beetles
  • Coral Reefs
  • Costa Rican butterflies
  • Digger wasps in the rainforest
  • Don't forget to write
  • Dragonflies
  • Dunes
  • Fatheads and Fish watchers
  • Flies
  • Fossils
  • Frogs
  • Geckos
  • Grasshoppers
  • Hawaiian Herpetilies
  • house bugs
  • How to Snorkel
  • Hummingbirds
  • Ladybugs
  • Life under the microscope
  • Lizards
  • Lowland Hawaii
  • Man eating bugs
  • Monsters
  • Moths
  • Mountains
  • Mushrooms
  • Nature home movies
  • Nature optics
  • Nature TV
  • Night bugging
  • Oaks and Saguaros
  • Odd Mammal house pets
  • Peregrines
  • Pet reptiles and amphibians
  • Pot Pourri
  • Praying mantis (mantids)
  • Pronghorns
  • Rabbits and Hares
  • Salamanders
  • Scanning microscopes
  • Scarabs
  • Skinks
  • Snails and Slugs
  • Snakes
  • Spring migration
  • Squirrels
  • Tide pools
  • Tiger beetles
  • Tracks in the snow
  • Trout
  • Turtles
  • Undaloofs
  • Under the ice
  • Vortex
  • Waterbugs and beetles
  • Wild flowers
  • Winter birds
  • Worms
  • Yuccas and Yucca moths
  • Zoos
  • Bees and Wasps
  • Crocodilians
  • Florida Springs
  • Intertidal Hawaii
  • Monarch butterflies
  • Owls
  • Predators on the prairies
  • Spiders, Scorpions
  • True bugs
  • Upland Hawaii
  • Water striders
  • Winter snoozy
  • Woodpeckers


  • Birds of Alberta (Authored with Chris C. Fisher and Gary Ross)
  • Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Authored with Nancy Baron and Ted Nordhagen)
  • Birds of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Authored with Nancy Baron)
  • Bugs of Alberta (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Bugs of British Columbia (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Bugs of Northern California (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Bugs of Ontario (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Bugs of Washington and Oregon (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Butterflies of Alberta
  • Butterflies of British Columbia (Authored with Ian Sheldon)
  • Compact Guide to Alberta Birds (Authored with Chris Fisher and Andy Bezener)
  • Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass
  • Deep Alberta: Fossil Facts and Dinosaur Digs
  • Ladybugs of Alberta: Finding the Spots and Connecting the Dots
  • Tiger Beetles of Alberta: Killers on the Clay, Stalkers on the Sand


  • 2013 Medal of Honor, Entomological Foundation[1]
  • 2012 Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal[2]
  • 2008 NSERC Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion
  • 2006 Canadian Society of Zoologists
  • 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. University of Alberta
  • 2003 The Entomological Society of Alberta
  • 2000 Emerald Award of Interpretation Canada for Gallery Videos at the Royal Tyrell Museum
  • 1998 ALBERTA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ASTech excellence in science & technology journalism
  • 1998 GEMINI AWARD nomination
  • 1996 GEMINI AWARD nomination
  • 1997 AMPIA AWARD, Alberta Motion Picture industry awards.
  • 1997 Edmonton Nature Centre Foundation
  • 1997 Calgary Zoo, Pachyderm Award
  • 1995 AMPIA AWARD, Alberta Motion Picture Industries Awards


  1. ^ Entomological Society of America: Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor
  2. ^ Science Contours. 2012. John Acorn wins Royal Society of Canada medal for promoting science. Vol. 27, No. 2: 7.

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