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From the blazing colour of an autumn hardwood forest to the stark beauty of a granite barren, Nova Scotia has a rich and diverse natural heritage, and with less than 30% of the province's land publicly owned, private landowners have a vital role to play in protecting these places. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is a non-governmental charitable, land conservation organization whose mandate is to forever protect these irreplaceable natural treasures on private land.

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Nature Trust News

Nature’s Big Day!
February 28th, 2018
Nature Trust Celebrates Historic Investment in Biodiversity!

Halifax Entrusts Gerard Island Property to the Nature Trust
December 6th, 2017
Halifax Council approved the transfer of a one acre parcel of land on Gerard Island to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust at yesterday’s Council meeting.

Gifts Fit for a Turtle: New Wilderness Sanctuary and Gifts of Nature from Nature Trust
November 28th, 2017
Nova Scotia’s most endangered turtle has yet more critical habitat safeguarded, thanks to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, a generous gift, and growing public support for preserving our wild species and spaces.

Give the Gift of Nature this Holiday Season!
November 15th, 2017
Share your passion for nature with your friends, family and colleagues!

Give the Gift of Nature this Holiday Season!
November 14th, 2017
Share your passion for nature with your friends, family and colleagues!

Nature Trust Protects Land, Fulfills Conservation Dream in Cape Breton
October 25th, 2017
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today the protection of two new conservation lands on the Bras d’Or Lake, Cape Breton.

Nature Trust launches Third Expedition for the Earth Adventure: Ecuador 2018
October 23rd, 2017
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Berg Adventures International are teaming up to offer their third adventure trek to one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots: Ecuador.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust Undertakes Ecological Restoration at Hemeons Head
September 28th, 2017
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is undertaking an ecological restoration project on the Hemeons Head Conservation Lands in Shelburne County.

Nature Trust holds Open House launching “Nature’s House” Concept
September 22nd, 2017
This year the Nature Trust made an exciting step forward with the purchase of our own office space in Dartmouth.

Remembering Rudy
August 24th, 2017
Yesterday we learned that Nature Trust friend and inspiring conservationist Rudy Haase has sadly passed away. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the Nature Trust who have been influenced by his passion and dedication.

Sobey’s Donation of Land Reaches News Media Across Canada
August 22nd, 2017
Last week we announced the generation donation of land by David and Faye Sobey, and the story grabbed media attention across Canada

Sobey Family Protects Land on St. Mary's River: Nature Trust Conservation Legacy Grows
August 15th, 2017
At a special public celebration in Sherbrooke on Saturday, David and Faye Sobey entrusted their 30 acre property on the St. Mary’s River to the care of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

Paddle for the Wild: Kayaker departs on circumnavigation of Nova Scotia
August 10th, 2017
Avid kayaker, Peter Bojanic departs tomorrow from Hubbards on an ambitious journey circumnavigating Nova Scotia by sea kayak.

American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!
July 20th, 2017

American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!
July 20th, 2017
Over 10 years ago the Nature Trust led an initiative to make cross-border conservation possible

Nova Scotian Families Honored Nationally in Canada 150 Celebration
June 7th, 2017
On World Environment Day, Environment and Climate Change Canada celebrated the important role private landowners and land trusts play in protecting Canada’s natural legacy.

Connect with Nature with the Nature Trust this Year
June 5th, 2017
In celebration of World Environment Day, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust encourages you to get outside and connect with nature this year.

An Earth Day Gift: Nature Trust Announces New Freshwater Refuge for Wildlife
April 21st, 2017
In celebration of Earth Day, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced new conservation lands on Hog Lake in Queen’s County, Nova Scotia. The property was generously donated to protect important freshwater habitats for wildlife.

Nature Trust featured in Endangered Perspective Series
February 22nd, 2017
Zack Metcalfe wrote a series of three stories for the Chronicle Herald over the past month which highlighted Nature Trust Conservation Lands in the 100 Wild Islands, Purcell's Cove and St. Mary's River.

2017 Wolfville Watershed Moonlit Snowshoe Hike - Now Full!
February 7th, 2017
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust & the Town of Wolfville's full moon snowshoe hike at the Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve, is now full. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest!

Nature Trust Celebrates New Protected Lands in the 100 Wild Islands
February 3rd, 2017
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced a new protected area today in the spectacular 100 Wild Islands. The 40 acre conservation lands on Gerard Island bring 85% of the eastern shore archipelago under protection.

Exciting Job Opportunity!
January 18th, 2017
The Nature Trust is looking to fill a newly created position for a Science and Stewardship Specialist

Nova Scotians give Rare Turtles a home: Barren Meadow Sanctuary Protected!
December 21st, 2016
This holiday season, and for many holidays to come, the rare turtles Wink and Atahualpa and their friends will have a home.

Margaret Atwood Invites Canadians to Join the 100 Wild Islands Legacy
December 12th, 2016

Nature Trust has a new permanent home in Dartmouth!
December 7th, 2016
The latest property secured by the Nature Trust is its new permanent home!

Help Give Rare Turtles a Home for the Holidays
November 24th, 2016
The Nature Trust has secured an agreement to purchase a 36 acre property at Barren Meadow in southwest Nova Scotia. They have just over a month to raise the remaining $20,000 needed to make the rare turtle sanctuary a reality.

Give the Gift of Nature this Holiday Season!
November 21st, 2016
Give the gift that gives back! Share your passion for conservation with people you care about and help protect natural places in Nova Scotia.

Making Tracks in the Land of Ice and Fire
November 7th, 2016
From September 8-16th, a team made up of nine intrepid adventurers explored the beautifully remote Fjallabak Nature Reserve in Iceland as part of Expedition for the Earth.

Nature Trust Celebrates World Rivers Day with River Conservation Announcement
September 27th, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is celebrating World Rivers Day by announcing protection of important freshwater habitat on the Pleasant River

Friends of the Wild: Halifax Mayor Encourages Citizens to Join the 100 Wild Islands Legacy
September 15th, 2016
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage joined the Nova Scotia Nature Trust today to celebrate a major milestone in Nova Scotian wilderness conservation.

Trekkers depart on once in a lifetime journey across Iceland
September 8th, 2016
Today nine intrepid Nova Scotians set forth on the adventure of a lifetime to the wilds of Iceland.

A Roguish Tale: The Nature Trust and PEI Brewing Protecting Iconic Wilderness
August 22nd, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today the launch of a new partnership that will see sales of Rogues Roost IPA helping to protect and preserve its iconic namesake.

Nature Trust Protects Cherished Parrsboro Gem
August 15th, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today it has protected, forever, one of Nova Scotias cherished island gems - Partridge Island.

Halifax Steps up to make the 100 Wild Islands a Reality
August 3rd, 2016
Halifax Regional Council voted Tuesday to contribute $300,000 to the Nova Scotia Nature Trusts 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign.

July 2016 Landlines
August 2nd, 2016
Read July's e-news!

Generous Gift of Islands adds to the 100 Wild Islands Legacy
July 22nd, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced today the protection of two spectacular coastal gems, Laybolt and Witchwood Islands, the latest additions to the land trusts iconic 100 Wild Islands coastal legacy campaign.

The Nature Trust is Seeking a GIS Conservation PlannerContract Position
July 12th, 2016

Once in a Lifetime Iceland Trek Seeking Two Adventurers
June 27th, 2016
Two coveted positions have opened for Expedition for Earth: Iceland 2016. Be one of the lucky adventurers to join this trip of a lifetime!

Bird Society and Nature Trust Team up for Bird Conservation
May 9th, 2016
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced a generous donation by the Nova Scotia Bird Society of seven islands and one coastal property, supporting almost 300 acres of important habitat for birds.

Nature Trust's 100 Wild Islands on Halifax Agenda
April 26th, 2016
Halifax could bring the Nature Trusts landmark 100 Wild Islands conservation campaign to the finish line

February 18th, 2016
Nature Trust's Expedition for the Earth: ICELAND 2016 is seeking participants to join internationally renowned climber Wally Berg!

World Wetlands Day 2016
February 2nd, 2016
Today is World Wetlands Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the importance of wetlands. Why are wetlands important? They do so much for us!

Record Year Ends on High Note for Nova Scotias Natural Areas
December 29th, 2015
This year will be remembered as one of the most significant and prolific in Nova Scotias history of protecting our unique natural legacy.

Meet the Faces of the 100 Wild Islands
December 28th, 2015

Exciting Conservation Career Opportunity at the Nature Trust!
December 11th, 2015
To guide and manage our increasingly complex and extensive conservation programs, we are looking to fill an exciting new leadership position

Nature Trust Receives Colin Stewart Conservation Award for 2015
November 3rd, 2015
Established by the Halifax Field Naturalists in 2004, the Colin Stewart Conservation Award was created to honour Colins lifetime of contributions towards nature conservation initiatives in Nova Scotia.

Headwaters to Headlands: New Nature Trust Property Connects Land and Sea
October 22nd, 2015
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has protected yet another significant conservation site on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia

Environmental Icon Yvon Chouinard Helps Protect Nova Scotias 100 Wild Islands
October 22nd, 2015
October 22nd (Halifax)The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced exciting support and endorsement for their landmark coastal island conservation initiative, the 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign in Halifax tonight.

September 2015 Landlines
September 22nd, 2015
Read September's e-news!

The 100 Wild Islands in the Economist
August 28th, 2015

Quintessential Rare Plant Site Protected, Forever!
August 14th, 2015
A hotspot for Canadian endangered species conservation has been protected, forever, in Nova Scotia. The Nature Trust announced today the successful acquisition of the 300 acre Wilsons Lake Conservation Lands, in Yarmouth County.

100 Wild Islands Campaign in the Wall Street Journal
July 15th, 2015
The Nature Trust and the 100 Wild Islands Campaign have gotten some great exposure in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

The Nature Trust's 100 Wild Islands Campaign Takes a Major Step Forward
June 19th, 2015
The Nova Scotia Nature Trusts ambitious campaign to protect the 100 Wild Islands on Nova Scotias Eastern Shore received a major conservation boost.

Nature Trust Protects Iconic Rogues Roost Coastal Wilderness
June 8th, 2015
The Nature Trust is saving yet another iconic natural gem in Nova Scotiathe internationally renowned Rogues Roost.

Celebrate World Environment Day with Us!
June 5th, 2015

Today is World Environment Day! Time to Reflect.
June 5th, 2015
It's the perfect opportunity to reflect on how lucky we are to be surrounded by the natural beauty that is all around us in Nova Scotia.

Nature Trust Celebrates Earth Day with a Gift of Nature on the St. Marys
April 22nd, 2015
In celebration of Earth Day, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced the permanent protection of yet another ecologically important property on the much loved St. Marys River (Guysborough County).

Eastern Shore Islands Open House
April 11th, 2015
We invite you to come and share your stories about the 100 Wild Islands, their history and heritage and how you use and enjoy them.

Nature Trust Protects Freshwater Wilderness on the Herbert River
March 20th, 2015
Another key piece of ecologically rich river frontage has been protected by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, bringing a vast freshwater wilderness sanctuary in Hants County one step closer to reality.

Celebrate World Water Day with the Nature Trust!
March 20th, 2015
This Sunday (March 22) is World Water Day, an international day dedicated to celebrating fresh water, and its importance to the planet and its inhabitants.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Town of Wolfville Take to the Trails
February 9th, 2015
On Saturday February 8th, a crowd of over 30 people gathered at the Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve, (Kings County) to take part in the 4th annual guided snowshoe hike on the property.

Nature Trust Natural Landscapes Newsletter
December 24th, 2014
Read our 2013/2014 newsletter!

Exciting Employment Opportunity at the Nature Trust
December 10th, 2014
Would you like to join our team? An exciting employment opportunity has opened up.

Take Part in Giving Tuesday with a Gift of Nature
December 2nd, 2014
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with a Gift of Nature! This Nature Trust program offers unique and meaningful gift ideas for nature lovers, gifts that keep on giving all year round.

A Lending Hand Saves Old Growth Forest on the St. Marys River
November 10th, 2014
Renowned conservationist Martin Rudy Haase and the Nature Trust teamed up to save one of the provinces most special places. Mr. Haase provided a $100,000 interest-free loan that helped to close a conservation deal.

Nature Trust Honours Paul Gauthiers 100 Wild Islands Legacy
October 23rd, 2014
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust honoured Nova Scotian-born entrepreneur Paul Gauthier tonight in Halifax.

Nature Trust Works to Save Wild River Gem Bringing World Rivers Day to Life
September 30th, 2014
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust celebrated World Rivers Day by announcing their campaign to protect a spectacular piece of Nova Scotias river legacy.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Wilson Fuel Co. Limited Tee Off for Land Conservation
August 11th, 2014
On Monday August 11th, 127 golfers teed off at Glen Arbour Golf Course for the 5th annual Wilson Fuel Charity Golf Classic, in support of land conservation in Nova Scotia.

Hardy and Barbara Eshbaugh: Leaving a Conservation Legacy on the Beloved St. Marys River
August 8th, 2014
The Nature Trust is delighted to be announcing a new protected area on the St. Marys River this Saturday, at a community celebration on the river.

Nature Trust Celebrates New Protected Islands on the Eastern Shore
July 26th, 2014
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced new island conservation successes today, as part of its exciting 100 Wild Islands Legacy Campaign.

The Nature Trust Seeks Volunteer Treasurer
July 3rd, 2014
The Nature Trust requires a volunteer Treasurer to oversee our finances and financial reporting, and to serve as an active member of the Board of Directors.

Nature Trust announces bold conservation campaign
June 25th, 2014
100 Wild Islands: Protecting One of North Americas last great coastal island wildernesses

Exciting Job Opportunity! Director of Fund Development - 18 mth Mat Leave Position
June 2nd, 2014
We seek a highly effective and experienced individual who can assume a dynamic role and sustain the momentum we have built in strengthening and increasing the financial capacity of our organization, during our Director of Fund Developments parental leave

The Nature Trust Laments the Passing of Our Dear Friend Farley Mowat
May 7th, 2014
All of us at the Nature Trust are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and long-time champion, Farley Mowat.

A Home for the Holidays: The Nature Trust's Gift for Endangered Turtles
December 20th, 2013
This holiday season the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and some relieved turtle families are celebrating a very special gift the protection of Bull Moose Meadow Conservation Lands.

Major Coastal Island Protected by the Nature Trust
October 24th, 2013
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has preserved yet another outstanding piece of Canadas coastal legacy by protecting one of Nova Scotias largest and most ecologically important coastal islands.

Nature Trust and Acadia Protect Internationally Significant Bird Sanctuary
September 7th, 2013
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has protected a 320 acre at Hemeon's Head Shelburne County.

Provincial Protected Areas Plan Recognizes the Importance of Private Land Conservation
August 14th, 2013
Read about how our work in private land conservation connects with the province's newly announced protected areas plan.

Nature Trust Celebrates Permanent Protection of a 27 Hectare Endangered Blandings Turtle Habitat
July 27th, 2013
This Saturday the Nova Scotia Nature Trust supporters and staff and conservation partners Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and Parks Canada will gather to celebrate the permanent protection of a 27 hectare property on McGowan Lake, in Kempt, NS.

Nature Trust Protects 85-acre Herbert River Property, Launches Freshwater Conservation Campaign
June 20th, 2013
Tonight The Nova Scotia Nature Trust announced the permanent protection of an 85-acre river-front property on the Herbert River, in Hants County, Nova Scotia.

Three More Coastal Gems, Protected Forever
March 25th, 2013
Three spectacular properties protected on Cape Breton Island

Nature Trust Saves the McGowan Lake Turtle Sanctuary
January 4th, 2013
This new year, endangered Blandings turtles have a 27 hectare-sized reason to celebrate. The Nature Trust has succeeded in saving some of the best remaining habitat for endangered Blandings turtles in NS thanks to an outpouring of community support.

Nova Scotians Come Together To Protect Troop Island
December 28th, 2012
Troop Island's natural wildlife habitats and important coastal lands are protected for the benefit of Nova Scotians and future generations thanks to the combined effort of residents, community groups, Halifax Regional Municipality and the province.

Nature Trust and Acadia Sign First Conservation Easement Protecting University Lands in Canada
September 8th, 2012
Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust signed a conservation easement protecting a spectacular coastal island off Nova Scotias south shore today.

American Donates First Cross-Border Gift of Nature: New Conservation Program Piloted in NS
December 19th, 2011
The Nature Trust is once again breaking new ground in Canadian land conservation with a new opportunity to protect American-owned land across Canada.

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