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2016 Events

Connecting with Nature Events Series

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100 Wild Islands Paddle and Hike at Shelter Cove
June 19, 10am – 3pm

Join the Nature Trust and Coastal Adventures to explore part of the diverse shorelines of the 100 Wild Islands area. We will hike and kayak out to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Shelter Cove Wilderness Sanctuary peninsula. Participants will have the option to hike one direction and kayak the other, or hike or kayak both ways. Sea kayaks are available for rent through Coastal Adventures (inquire when registering for this event), who will also provide a kayak guide. Participants may bring their own kayak but must contribute to the guide fee. Rain date: July 10.

Explore Fire Ecology at Purcell’s Cove
July 24, 1pm - 4pm

Discover the fascinating ecology of Jack Pine barrens, right in Halifax. At our Purcell’s Cove Conservation Lands, naturalist David Patriquin will share his knowledge of the fire-adapted organisms of the Herring Cove Backlands. This property has a hiking trail that is moderately challenging - please wear appropriate footwear. Bring water, food, and sun protection. This event is hosted in partnership with the Halifax Field Naturalists, who steward the area.

Conservation Celebration Announcement and Hike
August 21, 1pm

Join us for a property announcement celebration in the Parrsboro area. After the celebration, there will be a guided hike exploring the ecology and cultural history of the area. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, food, and sun protection.

Rare Flower Paddling Expedition on the Tusket River
August 27, 1pm to 4pm

Travel to Wilsons Lake along the Tusket River to behold the nationally endangered Plymouth Gentian and Pink Coreopsis with us. Visit two Nature Trust Conservation Lands on Wilsons Lake, home to some of the last remaining habitat for these rare flowers. Please bring your own canoe or kayak, and we will arrange a launching point. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, food, and sun protection. This event is hosted in partnership with the Southwest Paddlers Association.

Rogues Boat Trip and Paddle
September 17

Join us for a guided kayak trip to explore and celebrate the iconic Rogues Roost. Or, if you’d prefer a more relaxed adventure, join us for a guided boat trip. Learn about the protection of Rogues Roost, and explore this pirate hideaway, now better known as a sailors’ and paddlers’ coastal wilderness paradise. This event hosted in partnership with Murphy’s the Cable Wharf and East Coast Outfitters.

Boat Tours: 10 am or 12pm (tour lasts 1.5 hours), departing from the Bay Landing, 354 Prospect Rd. Cost is $50/person
Kayaking: 4-6pm, departing from East Coast Outfitters. Cost is $30 + tx per person.


Other 2016 Nature Trust Events and Partner Events

Conservation Showcase
June 13, 7pm, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Small Crafts Gallery

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 donors who made these accomplishments possible. Enjoy a visual journey through over 10,000 acres of protected areas in Nova Scotia!

Nature Trust Annual General Meeting
June 29, 7pm, Nature Trust Offices (2085 Maitland Street, Lower Level)

Join us for our annual general meeting and be part of a discussion that will help shape the future of the Nature Trust. We will chat about what we've been up to over the last year and update our Bylaws and Memorandum of Association. Local refreshments will be provided.

A Brush with Natural Beauty Art Event
August 21, 10am-6pm, The Deanery Project, 751 West Ship Harbour Rd.

Nova Scotian artist and Eastern Shore native Janice Stewart has created a series of paintings of the 100 Wild Islands, and has planned an art show, talk and sale entitled A Brush with Natural Beauty. Janice’s art show is part of a full day of fun art activities at the Deanery Project. The art will be exhibited all day, and the artist’s talk and presentation about the 100 Wild Islands will happen at 2pm.

Troop Island Stewardship Activities
The St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association, who coordinate the stewardship of the island, is organizing a number of stewardship events this summer and fall. You are invited to help to keep this Nova Scotia island gem healthy and free from garbage. Bring appropriate clothing, gloves, clear garbage bags, and lunch. For more info, get in touch with Mike Lancaster – SMBSA Stewardship Coordinator - by phone: 902-441-7672, or by email:

Expedition for the Earth
September 8-15, Iceland

Ten intrepid adventurers are embarking on the journey of a lifetime with world-renowned Berg Adventures International. This seven day trek will take them through one of theplanet’s most spectacular and geologically active wilderness areas, in Iceland’s Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Raising critical funds and awareness for conservation in Nova Scotia, these Nature Trust ambassadors have already begun their fundraising efforts. Follow their journey and support the cause on

Annual Dinner and Auction
November 3, 5:30pm

Join the Nature Trust for our 19th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. Help us celebrate this year’s land conservation successes, network with like-minded friends, and help raise critical funds for the Nature Trust’s continued work saving the most unique and outstanding places across Nova Scotia. Our special guest this year is Peter Forbes, a leader in the land trust movement in North America. For details or to purchase tickets, please call (902) 425-5263 or visit

Thanks to all of our supporters who make it possible to protect these amazing places!

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