Re-Connecting with Nature
Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop
This is a one-day, hands-on workshop held mostly outdoors to improve your ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth.
The aim of the Re-Connecting with Nature one-day workshop is to increase and strengthen the number adult leaders in NS who can help children and youth to spend more time appreciating, understanding and acting for the natural world while being physically active in the outdoors. The workshop audience is diverse and includes youth group leaders, recreation and camp staff, teachers, early childhood educators, parents and concerned citizens. It is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage with support from Acadia University.
Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to…
… understand the value and key concepts in reconnecting children and youth with nature.
… improve their skills in facilitating experiences in nature with others.
… identify valuable ideas, activities and resources for this work.
… have fun and get to know other resourceful people.
… strengthen networks of people committed to reconnecting others with nature.
This is a one-day course running usually from 9 am to 5 pm with short breaks throughout. There are both indoor and outdoor elements. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the course. They must have the physical ability to hike on a footpath or in a natural area with rocks and roots, etc.
In September 2016, Hike NS received the Bluenose Achievement Award from Recreation Nova Scotia at its annual conference for the Re-Connecting with Nature workshop series. The Bluenose Achievement Award recognizes an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation.
The cost is $60 (with an additional 15% off for paid Hike NS members). A reduced fee of $30 is available for parents not associated with an organization, for volunteer leaders working with youth and students. Registration includes a workshop manual. All participants must sign a waiver. Further workshop information will be provided upon registration. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals and transportation.
View the Video
Get a sense of what the Re-Connecting workshops are all about with this video
, produced by Acadia University students working as a part of the Department of Community Development on their senior core term community projects.
Register for a Workshop
Please note that COVID-19 public health protocols will be followed during these courses.
Re-Connecting with Nature workshop: Mahone Bay - workshop completed
Re-Connecting with Nature workshop: Sydney - workshop completed
Closed workshops for specific organizations can be arranged for a flat fee at any time. Please contact us to learn more
The best way to receive notifications about our courses when the new schedule becomes available is to become a member of Hike NS and receive our monthly enewsletters. We have free and paid versions of membership. Sign up here. Free membership only gets you the monthly enews while a paid membership gets you our monthly enews along with discounts at local businesses and reduced rates for our courses and other events. Another way to stay up-to-date is by following us on social media where we regularly post updates on our programs, events and courses.
Hike NS requires three full days’ notice
in order to reimburse anyone who wishes to cancel their registration. For example, if a course will take place on June 3, notice of cancellation by email or phone must be received by 5 pm on May 30 (allowing June 2, June 1 and May 31 as the three full days). Sometimes Hike NS must cancel a course due to instructor illness, low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstance. If Hike NS has to cancel the course, you will be contacted at least a day in advance and will be fully reimbursed.
Earth Walk Kit Loans
Borrow one of these kits to help engage kids in fun nature activities. Learn more here