Nature Conservancy of Canada asks Islanders to give their time to nature
Make every day Earth Day
In advance of Earth Day, April 22, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is encouraging Canadians to make every day Earth Day by volunteering for nature this summer.
According to Statistics Canada, while almost half of all Canadians volunteer, only three per cent volunteer with environmental organizations. NCC wants to change that, and is urging Canadians to help conserve habitat for the country’s at-risk species through its Conservation Volunteers program.
The private, not-for-profit conservation organization recently launched its annual Conservation Volunteers season during National Volunteer Week. The program has been running for 11 consecutive seasons and has engaged over 19,000 volunteers to-date in on-the-ground conservation projects across Canada.
With 60 events already scheduled for 2018 and dozens more to be added during the coming weeks, NCC’s goal is to provide Canadians with plenty of opportunities to get involved in its conservation work throughout the year.
“Our Conservation Volunteer events are designed to benefit species and habitats while offering people of all ages the chance to learn new skills, make friends and see some of Canada’s most spectacular natural places,” says Julie Vasseur, NCC program director in PEI. “We want to make it both easy and fun for people to get involved in nature conservation.”
These community-based volunteer events encourage people to get directly involved in hands-on restoration and stewardship projects across the country. Events on NCC conservation lands include counting and recording species, building or enhancing trails and boardwalks, planting native trees, shoreline cleanups, removing invasive species and building nest boxes.
Volunteers are the backbone of NCC’s efforts in protecting natural areas across Canada. By giving their time and energy, volunteers make a real difference in their communities, and for the environment. People and families of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.
This program has been made possible thanks to the support of TD Friends of the Environment, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the national sponsor of NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program.
Some upcoming local Conservation Volunteer events include:
Bringing Down the House, September 8, 2018, Howe Bay, PEI
Survivor: Holman’s Island Cleanup Edition, September 29, 2018, Summerside, PEI
To find out more, call 1-866-319-5985 or sign up for a Conservation Volunteers event online at conservationvolunteers.ca.
People can also make every day an Earth Day through doing small acts of conservation in their own neighbourhoods. By planting a native tree or shrub, using rain barrels, installing bird feeders or conserving green space, people can help nature, and, in turn, benefit their own community and well-being.
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