Ever notice how the stress of everyday life falls away when you’re outdoors? Swimming with friends at a local lake, wandering a woodland trail or fishing at a favourite pool?

Our urban wildlands help us rejuvenate and find calm in our busy lives. They keep us active and healthy. And they’re home to the wildlife we adore.  Urban wildlands provide important ecosystem services too, like fresh air, clean water and cooling forests that keep our cities liveable and nature viable and healthy.

We are blessed with many natural areas close to our urban centres. The Nature Trust’s Purcells Cove Conservation Lands, part of the Halifax backlands, are an incredible urban oasis. The new Pennant River Conservation Lands, Troop Island, Rogues Roost and the 100 Wild Islands are other Nature Trust wildland treasures in the Halifax area.

Yet we are losing natural areas in and around our cities every day. And with growing public use of these areas, threats and impacts on our urban wildlands are also growing.  So the Nature Trust is focused on actively saving, stewarding and engaging citizens in urban wildlands conservation.


  • Saving nature in our own backyard
    • Protecting new urban wildlands
    • Partnering with citizens, community groups and government to advance urban wildland conservation
  • Stewarding our urban wildland treasures
    • Increasing on-the-ground care and management of our protected urban wildlands; keeping these special places wild, today and forever
    • Exploring innovative opportunities to enhance our stewardship capacity
    • Activating urban wildlands guardians—providing volunteers with the the training, knowledge, tools and opportunity to help protect the places they love
  • Engaging communities
    • Providing opportunities for people to explore and learn about nature
    • Encouraging visitors to explore and enjoy our urban wildlands through new/enhanced trails, mapping and signage
    • Partnering with other organisations to inspire engagement in urban wildlands

How You Can Help

Thank You to Our Recent Land Donors

  • Anonymous donor of Pennant River Conservation Lands

Thank You to Our Major Supporters

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