Conservation Engagement: For Canada, by Canadians

It takes teamwork to care for Canada’s special natural places. From our wetlands, to woodlands, grasslands and coastlines, Canadians of all ages continue to team up with NCC to help with conservation coast to coast.

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Conservation Volunteers

Motivated by a common love of nature, a curiosity about the world and a desire to protect wildlife and wild lands, NCC’s Conservation Volunteers continue to give time, energy and expertise.

From coast to coast, Conservation Volunteers:

  • Helped NCC staff search for western bluebirds in British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley. Staff had relocated the species to the valley the previous year;
  • Made fence lines safe for wildlife like sage-grouse and pronghorns in Alberta;
  • Cleared log jams and stabilize riverbanks from erosion in Ontario’s Minesing Wetlands;
  • Inventoried bird species at the Pointe-aux-Pins property on L’ile-aux-Grues; and
  • Conducted waterfowl surveys in Newfoundland’s Codroy Valley Estuary.

Volunteers pulled invasive species such as garlic mustard, leafy spurge and dog-strangling vine and collected and removed seed pods from fragile rare habitats such as tall grass prairie and limestone alvar. Experts shared their local knowledge and expertise with volunteers on topics as diverse as bat ecology, butterfly identification and the global significance of pollinators such as honey bees.

Our Conservation Volunteers program continues to connect more Canadians to nature every year thanks to the support of National Development Sponsor Great-West Life and Nexen Energy, a CNOOC Limited company, Presenting Sponsor of NCC’s Western Canada Conservation Volunteers Program.

In 2013, 1,800 volunteers made a commitment to nature through NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program, contributing more than a year’s worth of time — over 10,000 hours — to more than 230 conservation projects. This in-kind contribution to conservation was valued at over $281,000.

Conservation Interns

One of the ways the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is investing in Canada’s natural future is through its Conservation Intern program.

Young Canadians from British Columbia to Newfoundland are gaining tangible work experience and learning first-hand about the many elements that define conservation today, while building skills to face tomorrow’s challenges.

Field-based, paid internships are a key component of NCC’s conservation science and stewardship programs. NCC staff achieve priority stewardship goals in Canada’s most important natural areas while providing hands-on educational experiences for this country’s most promising young professionals; a great intersection between education, environment and community engagement.

The work is diverse, ranging from forest and grassland restoration, to species inventories, improving trails and access, mapping with geographic information systems, land data management, monitoring the effectiveness of NCC’s actions, as well building relationships with neighbours, stakeholders and the communities where NCC works.

We strongly believe this program will foster the development of the next generation of leaders by creating opportunities for them to assemble a suite of technical, social and cultural skills that greatly contribute to the fields of conservation, industry and government. Students accepted into the program learn practical, collaborative and business-like approaches to environmental challenges and solutions." Ian Barnett, NCC’s vice president of regional operations

To learn more about NCC’s conservation intern program visit www.conservationinterns.ca. NCC would like to thank Imperial Oil, the National Development Sponsor of NCC’s National Conservation Intern Program who has committed to supporting internships across Canada, as well as Shell Canada Ltd. for supporting our conservation intern program in Alberta and British Columbia.

“Hands-on internships, such as mine, are especially valuable to young professionals and recent graduates who have had few opportunities to learn through experience.”
Jamie Fraser, Nova Scotia

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Nature Days

Nature Days, supported by HSBC Bank Canada and delivered by NCC, transforms our protected areas into classrooms.

Designed by NCC staff, these one-day events take urban elementary school students into natural areas across Canada where children learn first-hand about nature.

This year, 75 Grade 4 students from Calgary’s Annie Foote School spent a day exploring an outdoor classroom near Drumheller, Alberta at NCC’s Horseshoe Canyon property. The students made native seed bombs to restore a meadow on the property, explored the canyon and learned about Alberta’s native plant and animal species.

Following the Nature Days event, Annie Foote student Ayushma Nath wrote NCC to say she is doing her best to keep nature around her as much as possible.

For the students, the day in the field is not only an outing from their classrooms; it’s a chance to get up close to nature, learn and see conservation at work first-hand. At a time when children are spending more and more time indoors, programs like Nature Days give children the chance to reconnect with the outdoors and the natural world around them.