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2017 Connecting with Nature Events Series


The Connecting with Nature Events Series is a series of guided walks, hikes and paddles exploring Nova Scotia Nature Trust conservation lands. These outings are unique opportunties to experience some of the best of what Nova Scotia has to offer, while learning about the work of the Nature Trust and the special places we protect.

For all events you MUST register with us before attending. Space is limited.

For questions or to register, please contact the Nova Scotia Nature Trust at or 902-425-5263.

Download or view a pdf version of the events list here.

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Wild Kids - May 14, 1-4pm

Meander River Conservation Lands

Calling all kids! You and your parents/grandparents/guardians are invited to join the Nature Trust, the Young Naturalists Club and the Nova Scotia Bird Society for an afternoon of adventure! Enjoy a nature scavenger hunt for the unique plants and birds that make the beautiful Meander River their home. Learn why the Nature Trust works hard to care for this special place. Rain or shine.

Cost: Free

Please note: Due to a very positive response, this event is already full. We're exploring the option of a second event, so please stay tuned if you're interested in taking part.

Go Wild! - July 22, 1-4pm

Pleasant River

Join us in celebrating three new conservation lands that advance our work protecting critical freshwater and endangered species habitats. Together with our partners at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute we guarantee a fun-filled family day, with opportunities to learn about the unique wildlife and natural history of southwestern Nova Scotia.

Cost: Free

St. Marys River Celebration - August 12, 1-4pm

St. Marys River

Join us to celebrate a new conservation success on the gorgeous St. Marys River! We will also host 2 guided hikes (one easy, and one moderately challenging), showcasing the unique forests that line the river, and the wildlife that depend on these freshwater habitats.

Cost: Free

Beach Cleanup & Bird Walk - August 27, 10am-3pm

Hemeons Head

Help keep the bird habitat at Hemeons Head healthy by lending a hand! After the beach cleanup, learn about the fascinating shorebirds that return to the Hemeons Head Conservation Lands each year with a guided bird walk.

Cost: Free

Backlands Hike - September 23, 1-4pm

Purcell's Cove Conservation Lands

Explore the fireadapted Jack Pine barrens of the Purcells Cove Backlands. Witness the incredible rejuvenation from the 2009 forest fire. The trail is moderately challenging.

You must register in order to find out where we are meeting for this hike.

Cost: $15

Invasive Plant Removal & Bird Hike - September 30, 10am-3pm

Hemeon's Head

Help the Nature Trust conduct an experimental removal of an introduced beach Rose at Hemeon’s Head. Then, learn about the birds that call this beautiful shoreline home!

Cost: Free

100 Wild Islands Paddle and Hike - Oct. 1, 10am-3pm

Shelter Cove Wilderness Sanctuary

Join us in exploring the 100 Wild Islands as we hike and kayak to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Shelter Cove Wilderness Sanctuary. Participants can hike one way and kayak the other, or hike or kayak both ways. Sea kayaks available for rent through Coastal Adventures.

Cost: $15

Note: Additional costs apply if you are planning to kayak (rental and guide fees). Please enquire when registering.

Moonlit Snowshoe - Winter 2018, Date TBA

Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve

Join us for a unique guided snowshoe hike eploring the beautiful Wolfville Watershed Nature Reserve by moonlight.

Details TBA


Other Nature Trust 2017 Events

Forever Wild - Conservation Showcase and Annual General Meeting - June 22, 7-9pm

Museum of Natural History

We invite you to join us for an evening of exciting news, celebration and appreciation, marking another tremendous year of land conservation achievements. We will be announcing new conservation successes and honouring some very special people who made these accomplishments possible. Enjoy a visual journey through over 10,000 acres of protected areas in Nova Scotia! Donations are accepted at the door. Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation begin at 6pm with Showcase to follow.

Cost: Donations welcome

Nature's House - September 21, 4-6pm

Open House, Nature Trust Offices

The Nature Trust has a brand new home! Visit our new neighbourhood in Dartmouth, and learn about our exciting plans to green our property and enhance its

Into the Wild - Annual Dinner & Auction - October 26, 5:30pm

Cunard Centre, Halifax

Step Into the Wild with us as we host our 20th Annual Dinner and Auction! Our special guest Brian Keating will take us on an incredible wildlife and
wilderness escape around the world, from the Arctic to the African savannahs. Help celebrate exciting conservation successes, network with like-minded
friends, and help raise critical funds to save even more special places across Nova Scotia. Tickets are on sale now! Early bird deadline is June 30, 2017.
For tickets call: 902-425-5263 or submit the form.

Property Guardian Training

Our volunteer Property Guardians actively care for our network of conservation lands. They are essential in ensuring we can meet our committment to protect our lands, forever. We aim to grow and enhance this program to meet the challenges of our expanding network of conservation lands and increased visitors. Stay tuned for updates on this program throughout the year and opportunities to participate in hands-on training. Learn more about the Property Guardians program here.

100 Wild Island Open Houses

If you live on the Eastern Shore, or spend time in the 100 Wild Islands, we want to hear from you! Stay tuned for updates on community open houses, surveys and other opportunities to share your knowledge, ideas and learn more about our project to plan for the future of the islands.

Hemeons Head Open Houses

Are you a local resident or frequent visitor to Hemeons Head? Stay tuned for an opportunity to share your knowledge and participate in management planning for the Hemeon’s Head Conservation Lands.


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