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 2023.

Update as of November 23, 2021

When we launched Twice the Wild last year, we set out to raise $4 million that would unlock four times that amount in matching funds.

We are proud to share truly exciting news: Thanks to the support that all of you have shown in so many ways, we have now hit that target! That means that we have unlocked all of the matching funds that are available from our generous partners at this time, for a total of $20 million to save nature across Nova Scotia. This is an incredible achievement, and we are so grateful to you for making it possible to reach this milestone in just over one year.

Although donations to Twice the Wild can no longer be matched 4:1, our campaign to double our protected lands continues. We are continuing to identify and move forward on priority lands for protection – and we are continuing to raise funds to support this effort. While donations from this point forward will not unlock additional funds, they will provide essential and steady funding to support this ambitious campaign as it moves ahead.

We look forward to keeping you updated about the achievements that your support is making possible – and there are many such achievements on the horizon. On behalf of the nature that 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?

A map of Nova Scotia with eight campaign focal areas highlighted

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 our Twice the Wild achievements:

Thank you to our Major Partners

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David and Faye Sobey Foundation

Thank you to our Valued Supporters

Shelley Adamo & Matthias Schmidt
Greg & Suzanne Amos
Andy’s Tire Shop Limited
Ron & Carol Buckley
CIBC
Michel & Trudy Comeau
Susan E. Crocker, CM & John S. Hunkin, CM
Donner Canadian Foundation
Emera Inc.
Glen Estill
Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust
Dorien Freve
Brian & June Hall
John Himmelman
David & Paula Himmelman
Jol & Maura Hunter
Murrin Lein
S. D. MacLeod
The MapleCross Fund
The Marguerite Hubbard Foundation
Donna McGrath
Sally & Bill Morris
Nature’s Way Canada
Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund (Contributions from Hunters and Trappers)
Tim & Pam O’Regan
Peter Porteous
Gerald Porter
Marlene Puffer & Lucas Middleton
Douglas & Maureen Reid
Jason Roth & Cheryl Steadman-Roth
David & Abby Rumsey
Sabourin Family Foundation
Scotiabank
Susan Sherwin & Richmond Campbell
Paul & Marsha Sobey
Dusan Soudek
Darlene Stone
Sunflower Fund
Bob Williams & Glenda MacKinnon

Thank you to our Land Donors

George Eddy Company Ltd
M. William Fenton
Keith & Anne Fraser
Jack MacKillop
Robin Wilber

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