CPAWS-Nova Scotia has a number of programs underway to get people outdoors and learn about nature, particularly younger people and youth groups.
The world is an amazing place, with so many species and ecosystems to understand and explore. An important part of the CPAWS mission is to provide opportunities for people to learn about nature and all of its wonderful complexity. We also strive to educate the public about the importance of conservation and the steps that industry, communities, and government, as well as individuals, must take to protect our wilderness and our oceans.
Nature Calls is a CPAWS project that brings kids from urban areas out into the wilderness. With the hustle-and-bustle of every day life, it's important that children of all ages learn about the great outdoors and experience it first-hand. Since 2007, CPAWS has partnered with local youth organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, to bring hundreds of children into the forest, so they can hike in the woods and appreciate being close to nature. Wilderness Aid
WildernessAid is an event sponsored by the students of the Saint Mary's University Environmental Society which raises funds for CPAWS-Nova Scotia and gets people outdoors into the wilderness in the coldest months of winter. In 2009, a team from the university trekked into the Five Bridge Lakes wilderness on the Chebucto Peninsula and in 2010 tackled the trails in the Mt. Uniacke area by snowshoe.
The "Bridging the Ages" project brings together senior mentors and youth from across Nova Scotia to develop a better understanding and appreciation of nature. Over time, our forests and oceans have changed, so it's important that we help initiate a conversation between generations to learn how to better protect the environment. Launched in the summer of 2010, a number of youth groups have participated in outdoor activities led by mentors who shared their outdoor knowledge, skills, and perspectives with the youth. Some of the excursions so far have brought youth into the wilderness of Labrador Castle, Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area, Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area, McNab's Island, Kejimkujik National Park, and Digby Neck and Islands.
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