DARTMOUTH: The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is pleased to announce its 2019 Connecting with Nature event series, sponsored by East Coast Credit Union, Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, and Stewart McKelvey.

This year offers eight different opportunities to Connect with Nature, from guided hikes and kayak trips to stewardship excursions and property celebrations. The series provides hands-on educational experiences exploring lands protected by the Nature Trust across the province.

With the success of the recent Lasting Landscapes Campaign, in which 17 new properties were protected by the Nature Trust in early 2019, there is much to celebrate this year. A number of the project areas will be featured, starting with a guided hike on the St. Mary’s River coming up on May 25.

Later, on July 27, a guided hike in the Mabou Highlands and celebration in the village of Mabou will mark the protection of over 2,000 acres of coastal cliffs, forested ravines and breathtaking hiking trails.

“These events are a great way to get outdoors, experience these precious natural places, discover why they are so special and learn about how we protect them,” says David Hodd, Stewardship Manager for the Nature Trust. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer these opportunities to connect with nature, through which people will better appreciate and value some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful wild places.”

With the popularity of the events increasing each year, the Nature Trust has looked to corporate partners to help keep costs to both the organization and participants low. Those partnerships with Nova Scotia’s business community have increased this year, with three companies taking on lead partnership roles.

Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline continues its partnership with the Nature Trust, returning for its fourth year as a Connecting with Nature sponsor. “Even though Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline is an energy company and the Nature Trust is a conservation organization, we still have a lot in common,” says Steve Rankin, director of external relations. “We both value environmental protection and place a high importance on long-term relationships when it comes to shared land use. As a company, we understand the importance of environmental stewardship and work hard to minimize our impact. We’re very pleased to support Connecting with Nature, which reflects these shared values and encourages us to become involved in the natural world that surrounds this beautiful place.”

Another returning partner, East Coast Credit Union, renewed for their third year as a program sponsor.

“East Coast Credit Union is very happy to support the Connecting with Nature Series,” says Sally van de Wiel, VP operations. “In an age of artificial intelligence, climate change and constant demands in technology, we are pleased to be a part of supporting an organization that provides opportunities for our community members to connect with nature. We especially appreciate all the work the Nature Trust is doing for residents of Nova Scotia by protecting unique areas in Nova Scotia to enjoy for generations.”

The newest partner for the Connecting with Nature series is first-time sponsor Stewart McKelvey, the Atlantic Canadian law firm.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust on the Connecting with Nature event series as a way to preserve and protect our beautiful lands in Nova Scotia,” says Stewart McKelvey CEO and managing partner Lydia Bugden. “The Connecting with Nature series aligns with our firm’s wellness initiative to encourage employees to lead healthy lifestyles inside and outside of the office, and we look forward to enjoying the unique health and wellness opportunities offered by the series.”

Connecting with Nature events are open to everyone, however registration is limited to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. For the full event schedule, updates and registration information, please visit: nsnt.ca/events.