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 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.
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
Re-Connecting with Nature workshops were held in 2018 as follows: May 26 in Berwick; September 21 in Truro; September 25 in Judique, Inverness County; September 27 in Sydney; and October 12 in Hubbards.
Our new 2019 schedule of workshops won't be available until late Winter. Please check back then. To receive notification of new courses and workshops, become a member of Hike NS
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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.
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(Word file). Or download and print this flyer
. Thank you.
Earth Walk Kit Loans
To help connect more kids with nature, Hike NS has partnered with various municipal recreation departments to provide loans of Earth Walk Kits. In eight locations across Nova Scotia there are two Earth Walk Kits per location. An Earth Walk Kit is a backpack full of props and tools to help adults run fun nature activities for kids aged 5 to 12. Kits are available to parents, grandparents, teachers, recreation staff, youth group volunteers and others who want to engage kids with nature. The kits are especially useful to the over 450 people in NS who have taken Hike NS’s Re-Connecting with Nature workshop. Learn more about the kits and locations here