We need nature now more than ever.
In these challenging times, people across the world are rediscovering the joy of spending time in nature. That being outdoors makes our kids happy and brings families together. That nature can keep us healthy—mentally and physically. And that it heals and restores us.
But our wild spaces and treasured species are threatened. Here in Nova Scotia, many of our most important and treasured natural areas, including critical habitat for endangered species, are privately owned and at risk.
So the Nature Trust is stepping up to meet this challenge. We will double the protected space for nature by 2025.
Update as of January 1, 2024
When we launched Twice the Wild in 2020, we set out to raise $4 million to unlock four times that amount in matching funds.
Thanks to your incredible support in so many ways, we hit that target in just over a year! That means we leveraged all of the matching funds available from our generous partners at the time for a total of $20 million to save nature across Nova Scotia. This was an incredible achievement, and we are so grateful to you for making it possible to reach this momentous milestone.
Although donations to Twice the Wild are no longer being matched, our campaign to double our protected lands progresses. As we identify more priority properties to protect alongside unprecedented competition for land and costs, our fundraising efforts continue. While new donations will not unlock additional funds, your support will allow this ambitious campaign to move across the finish line!
We are excited to report that as of January 1, 2024, Nature Trust conservation lands now total 25,501 acres across our beautiful province! That means we are 85% of the way to our ultimate Twice the Wild goal with just 4,499 acres to go!
We look forward to keeping you updated further as we continue to save our province’s most precious wild places. Your support of Twice the Wild has allowed us to secure more land faster than ever before, and we look forward to carrying on this momentum, with many more achievements on the horizon.
On behalf of all of the nature in Nova Scotia you are helping to save, thank you!
Nature has never been more at risk. But we can still save Nova Scotia’s irreplaceable wild spaces and species—if we vastly accelerate the pace of land conservation.
The federal government, recognizing the urgency for conservation action, has committed to protect 30% of Canada’s land for nature by 2030. They’ve backed this promise with the single largest investment in nature conservation in Canadian history. Other major funders are also ready to act, and we have inspired them to invest in our bold plan.
This is the moment to protect the Nova Scotia you love.
Because of the urgency.
Nature has never been more at risk. We are in a race against time with biodiversity loss.
Because it's a way to take action.
This is a meaningful way to make a real difference to protect the planet.
Because nature gives us so much.
Nature has been there when we’ve needed it most – this is a way to make sure it will be there for generations to come.
What does twice the wild look like?
Twice the wild means more protected acres all across Nova Scotia, including new lands added to our 8 signature projects including the beloved St. Mary’s River, the Mabou Highlands, Wentworth Valley and spectacular 100 Wild Islands, and urban wildlands like the beautiful Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes. We’ll be saving critical habitat for wildlife at risk from turtles and terns to marten and moose, coastal island sanctuaries for our beloved birds, towering old forests, pristine lakes and rivers. Explore our interactive map to learn more!
So imagine — twice the nature. Twice the paddling. Twice the bird watching. Twice the adventures.
What would you do with twice the wild?
Explore some of our Twice the Wild achievements:
Thank you to our Major Partners
Thank you to our Valued Supporters
Shelley Adamo & Matthias Schmidt
Greg & Suzanne Amos
Andy’s Tire Shop Limited
Ron & Carol Buckley
Michel & Trudy Comeau
Susan E. Crocker, CM & John S. Hunkin, CM
Donner Canadian Foundation
Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust
Brian & June Hall
David & Paula Himmelman
Jol & Maura Hunter
S. D. MacLeod
The MapleCross Fund
The Marguerite Hubbard Foundation
Sally & Bill Morris
Nature’s Way Canada
Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund (Contributions from Hunters and Trappers)
Tim & Pam O’Regan
Marlene Puffer & Lucas Middleton
Douglas & Maureen Reid
Jason Roth & Cheryl Steadman-Roth
David & Abby Rumsey
Sabourin Family Foundation
Susan Sherwin & Richmond Campbell
Paul & Marsha Sobey
Bob Williams & Glenda MacKinnon
Thank you to our Land Donors
George Eddy Company Ltd
M. William Fenton
Keith & Anne Fraser