Connecting with Nature Event Series

Throughout the year the Nature Trust offers opportunities to explore and connect with nature on our conservation lands across the province.

We provide opportunities to learn about the fascinating wild places and imperilled species we protect, and to join in celebrations of conservation successes.

Our Connecting with Nature events are guided hikes, paddling excursions and boat tours that provide exciting opportunities to experience wild spaces across the province. Join an event to learn about nature and the work that goes into protecting these natural areas.

Check back soon for our 2020 Connecting with Nature events!

Past Connecting with Nature Events

Sept 29 - Urban Wildlands Hike


Come explore a natural oasis in our urban backyard. Join us for a guided hike in the Backlands and learn about this fascinating fire-adapted ecosystem.
Hike: $15

10am start.

More information here.

(Photo: Brian Bartlett)

Sept 25 - Crow Neck Beach Cleanup

Shelburne County

In partnership with Bird Studies Canada, NS Department of Environment, NS Department of Lands and Forestry, Barrington Municipality and Barrington High School, join us for a beach cleanup at Crow Neck Beach Nature Reserve. Learn about the endangered Piping Plover nesting habitat protected on these conservation lands and help us to care for the beach by cleaning up garbage harmful to wildlife. Part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.

11am – 3pm

More information here.

Aug 2019 - Celebrating our Coastal Islands

Shelburne and Yarmouth County

Seal Island Conservation Announcement – Aug 16, Clark’s Harbour

We invite you to celebrate the conservation of over 600 acres of important bird habitat on Seal Island. It will be an opportunity to share stories and learn more about this unique offshore island that is critical for migratory birds and where over 350 species have been recorded.

Coastal Islands Conservation Open House – Aug 17, Yarmouth

Join us in celebrating the conservation work being done on the coastal islands that dot Southwest Nova’s shoreline. Learn about the important work being done to protect these islands and help to shape a future vision for these treasured places.

Both events are free of charge.

More information here

(Photo: Simon d’Entremont)

July 27 - Mabou Highlands Hike & Celebration

Mabou, Cape Breton Island

A guided morning hike will lead you to experience first-hand the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Mabou Highlands. Later, join us in the town of Mabou to celebrate the protection of over 2000 acres of this unique natural landscape.
Hike: $15; Celebration: Free

More information here.

July 20 - 100 Wild Islands Paddle & Hike

Shelter Cove, Eastern Shore

Join the Nature Trust and Coastal Adventures to explore the 100 Wild Islands. Hike and/or kayak to the beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Shelter Cove Wilderness Sanctuary.

Hike: $15. Additional fees for paddlers and rentals, please inquire upon registering.

More information here.

June 7-9 - Bon Portage Island Stewardship Excursion

Bon Portage Island, Barrington

Join our stewardship team in partnership with Acadia University on an exclusive overnight trip to assist with field work in support of the island’s bird populations. Storm date: June 21-23.
Overnight Trip: $150 (incl. boat transportation, accommodation, and donation to Bon Portage field station).

More information here.

(Photo: Scott Leslie)

May 25 - Wood Turtle & Floodplain Forest Hike

St. Marys River, Guysborough County

In partnership with Nature Nova Scotia, join us for an interpretive hike on one of our conservation lands on the St. Mary’s River. Learn about the fascinating floodplain forest environment that provides important habitat for the globally endangered Wood Turtle.

Hike: $15

More information here.

(Photo: Brittany Crossman)

Space is limited to ensure a safe and high-quality event for all.
Email: or Call: 902-425-5263

Connecting with Nature presented by our Conservation Champions:

Other Nature Trust Events

Guardians of the Land Donor Field Trip

Location and date TBD

We invite our Guardians of the Land to join our field staff for a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work. Guardians of the Land provide multi-year pledges of unrestricted funds, allowing us to plan for the future and address the areas of greatest need.

Learn more about our Guardians of the Land program

Legacy Circle Event


We invite our Legacy Circle members to join us for a special recognition event. Members of the Legacy Circle are supporters who have named the Nature Trust in a bequest, life insurance policy, annuity or trust, or who have made a gift of conservation land or easement.

Learn more about Legacy Giving

(Photo: Corey Isenor)

Volunteer Orientations

Various locations and dates

Volunteers help with everything, including caring for our conservation lands, fundraising, producing our newsletter, and serving on our many active committees.

If you share our passion for nature, learn more about volunteering!

(Photo: Corey Isenor)

Property Guardian Training

Various locations and dates

We promise to protect our conservation lands, forever. Our Property Guardian volunteers are critical to successful land stewardship. Learn more about our Property Guardian program.

Stay tuned for 2019 training opportunities across the province.

Sept 21 - Volunteer Appreciation Hike

Shelter Cove, Eastern Shore

Take advantage of the final weekend of summer for a special hike to recognize our wonderful volunteers! For full details and registration, please email


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