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The 2021 Celebration of Nature is Here!

Every year, Nature Nova Scotia holds our annual general meeting and conference for naturalists at a unique, natural history-rich setting somewhere in the province. This year, the event is being held in Halifax, hosted by member organizations the Halifax Field Naturalists and Young Naturalists Club, and run virtually to better allow for social distancing. Please save the dates in your calendars as we’re pleased to welcome some very accomplished presenters who can help us better understand the natural history of this busy urban area and the challenges that go along with protecting it. And of course we look forward to opportunities to renew old acquaintances, make new ones, and talk about all things natural history!

Following tradition, Friday evening will be dedicated to an opening presentation, with Saturday and Sunday focused on natural history-themed presentations and hikes to destinations throughout the HRM. Hikes will be self-guided this year, but we will have lots of resources available to help you chart your own path!

Register today! The Celebration is completely free for current NatureNS members.

Not a member yet? You can access the entire event for just $20 or become a member today for the same price! Membership fees and donations help us bring natural history learning to Nova Scotians of all ages. We couldn’t do this without you!

2021 Celebration of Nature – SCHEDULE.docx

Exploring Between Presentations

Saturday and Sunday’s events were planned in order to give you time to get outside and explore in between presentations, just as if we had been able to gather in person! To help you get outside and engage with nature, we’ve compiled a selection of resources including hiking guides, ID helpers, family activities, and more:

Hiking Trails and Site-Seeing Across Nova Scotia

Hike Nova Scotia’s Find a Trail Guide
Halifax North West Trails Association trails info
Treasured Wetlands of Nova Scotia, storymap by Ducks Unlimited Canada

Field Guides and ID Help

Birds of Nova Scotia, checklist and photoguide by the Nova Scotia Bird Society
Nova Scotia Rocks and Pebbles, by the Atlantic Geoscience Society
Map of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Trees of the Acadian Forest
Identifying Lichens of Nova Scotia by Irwin M. Brodo, Robert Cameron, Heather Andrachuk, and Brian Craig
The Feather Atlas, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Canadian Register of Marine Species, photo ID database

Activities and Field Guides for Kids and Families

Earth Adventures in the Halifax Region, by Alan Warner, Janet Barlow & George Taylor of the HRM Adventure Earth Centre
Wildlife Flashcards by the Young Naturalists Club
Lichens of Nova Scotia, field guide and activity booklet by the Young Naturalists Club
Nature Scavenger Hunts by the Young Naturalists Club


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