Volunteering, internships and outreach programs
At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we believe that the more people experience, connect with and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation. All they need is the opportunity.
From outdoor exploration, to hands-on volunteering and skills-building internships, our engagement programs provide Canadians with a diversity of opportunities to do just that.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a great organization that provides an opportunity for all ages to come and explore the outdoors, as well as a chance to help protect the environment!Brennen Kowalsky, Conservation Volunteer
Connecting Canadians to nature
During the summer of 2017, NCC launched Nature Destinations — a new program inviting Canadians to experience, both in person and virtually (online), some of the greatest examples of our country’s natural heritage.
Our Nature Destinations are a network of privately protected areas across the country that are accessible to visitors. As Canada’s only national land trust, NCC has a leadership role to play in not only protecting and caring for the best of our natural places, but ensuring that Canadians of all ages appreciate the benefits of nature. We believe that by providing Canadians with opportunities to forge personal connections with the natural world, we can foster a culture in which a conservation land ethic is a very part of the national fabric.
Supporting conservation on the ground
Conservation Volunteers are a driving force behind many of the land stewardship actions that support our Natural Area Conservation Plans. This past year, 3,073 volunteers of all ages contributed their time, energy and expertise to completing:
- 130 habitat restoration projects;
- 46 biological surveys; and
- 44 infrastructure improvement projects and site cleanups on local conservation sites.
Here are a couple of highlights from across the country:
- On a chilly October day on Prince Edward Island, volunteers braved the wind to help clean up the shoreline of NCC’s Percival River Nature Preserve. In three short hours, they removed 1,043 kilograms of garbage from the shorelines, including 28 tires, hundreds of buoy pieces, plastic water bottles and netting.
- This past winter, NCC held a Christmas tree harvest in Saskatchewan to remove non-native white spruce trees at the Messier conservation property near Saskatoon. Volunteers were invited to take home a free tree for the holidays and support the restoration of native grassland habitat.
To learn more about NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program and read more impact stories, visit conservationvolunteers.ca.
Inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders
This past year, NCC almost doubled the number of internship placements: 92 young Canadians from coast to coast were hired under NCC’s Conservation Internship Program, filling a diverse range of roles. From land stewardship, to communications, to community engagement and technical work behind the scenes, NCC’s summer interns are working to advance conservation in Canada while honing their personal skills and gaining real-world experience.
For almost 20 years, NCC’s Conservation Internship Program has provided almost 600 university students and new graduates with the skills and first-hand experience they need to pursue careers in the environmental sector.
To learn more about NCC’s Conservation Internship Program and meet our 2018 interns, visit conservationinterns.ca.
It is incredible that one internship over the course of a few months can provide such a wealth of knowledge and life-changing experiences. I know I will draw on this experience in the years ahead.
Matthew Anstey, 2018 Conservation Intern, Newfoundland