NCC bird workshop and field research event with volunteers and Canadian Wildlife Service, Tabusintac, NB (Photo by NCC)

NCC bird workshop and field research event with volunteers and Canadian Wildlife Service, Tabusintac, NB (Photo by NCC)

Volunteer with us this summer!

Find out what conservation event is best suited for you!

Trailblazers Conservation Volunteers event, Five Fathom Hole Trail, Musquash, New Brunswick (Photo by Sima Usryestor)

Trailblazers Conservation Volunteers event, Five Fathom Hole Trail, Musquash, New Brunswick (Photo by Sima Usryestor)

Spring is in the air, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is getting ready to offer another summer season of hands-on Conservation Volunteers events throughout New Brunswick. If you love the outdoors, enjoy meeting like-minded people and can volunteer a few hours of your time, we’ll give you some fun ways to give back to nature! Spend a day with NCC staff and volunteers: we’ll be clearing trails, planting trees and cleaning beaches on our nature reserves near Saint John and Moncton. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Please visit our website to register, conservationvolunteers.ca, or contact Courtney Thompson at 506-450-6010.


Musquash Five Fathom Hole Trailblazer – May 26, 2017

Where: Musquash Estuary

Description: Help us improve the condition of our trail by trimming branches, clearing paths, filling in wet areas, cleaning garbage and replacing trail markers along our 6-kilometre linear trail. You can choose to hike the full Five Fathom Hole trail (12 km return) or choose the Butler’s Creek side trail, which is a 3-kilometre return walk. Enjoy the amazing lookoffs of the Musquash Estuary and the Bay of Fundy, and check out some of the coves along the trail.

Fitness level required: medium/high

Musquash Black Beach Trailblazer – May 26, 2017

Where: Musquash Estuary

Description: Help us improve the condition of our trail by trimming branches, clearing paths, filling in wet areas, cleaning garbage and replacing trail markers along our 4-kilometre loop trail. The Black Beach trail starts off at a beautiful black sand beach, which is definitely worth a visit! The trail itself boasts amazing lookoffs of the Musquash Estuary and the Bay of Fundy, and some wonderful forest scenery.

Fitness level required: medium/high

Sprucing up the Isthmus! – June 17, 2017

Where: Chignecto Isthmus (Sackville)

Description: Help NCC restore natural forest habitat by planting trees along the Chignecto Isthmus! Canadian Forest International will provide a short educational and training presentation, then volunteers will be set to work planting saplings in old fields along the Isthmus. At the end of the event, participants will enjoy a BBQ lunch provided by NCC. By planting trees in this area, volunteers are helping create a larger space for wildlife to cross safely between the two provinces.

Fitness level required: medium

The Great Fundy Cleanup – July 15, 2017

Where: Charlotte County (Blacks Harbour, St. Stephens, St. Andrews)

Description: The Nature Conservancy of Canada is partnering with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and other great organizations to plan a large-scale, one-day marine debris cleanup event for multiple coastal and island nature preserves. The plan for the day is to clean up as much garbage from the beach on and around NCC properties as possible. It is important to help improve both terrestrial and aquatic habitat in the region by removing garbage that can both directly harm wildlife by entanglement or ingestion.

Fitness level required: low

Musquash Cove Cleanup – September 20, 2017 (tentative date)

Where: Musquash Estuary

Description: Help NCC clean the beautiful sandy coves along the Five Fathom Hole Trail in the Musquash Estuary. Volunteers will hike the 6-kilometre linear trail and will stop at each cove to clean garbage from the shoreline. Garbage will then be picked up by boat to be taken to a dumpster off-site.

Fitness level required: medium/high

Tabusintac Waterfowl Survey – date TBD

Where: Tabusintac Nature Reserve (Miramichi)

Description: Join NCC as we survey the Tabusintac Nature Reserve for fall waterfowl numbers. Longitudinal surveys help provide a broader look at the type and number of species using the Baie Verte natural area. The Tabusintac Lagoon and River Estuary is an excellent example of a coastal barrier beach and lagoon wetland ecosystem, and is an internationally important wetland habitat for thousands of migrating waterfowl each fall and spring. Help us out with your birding skills to determine species and numbers of ducks and other waterfowl in the area. All levels of experience welcome.

Fitness level required: low

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