Exploring nature throughout the municipality
Being outdoors and connecting with nature fosters a love and respect for our natural world. Below are some great resources to help you enjoy greenspaces right here in our communities.
Adventure Earth Centre (AEC)
The AEC is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s recreation program and through numerous organized groups, events, and workshops, provides opportunities for all ages to connect to the natural world. The AEC travels to schools in the Spring delivering programming and has home-base locations at Sir Sanford Fleming Park and Shubie Park.
A fun collection of trail adventures in Halifax and beyond that are designed for kids, roughly ages 5-12. The adventures include an engaging storyline and hands-on activities that focus on nature appreciation. Easy to add as an app to your phone which has offline use.
Young Naturalists Club
A nature club for Nova Scotia kids and families. The local chapters offer monthly field trips for all ages, and some have special programs geared toward youth.
Nova Scotia Outdoor Network
A resource for finding outdoor spaces, events, and skill building opportunities.
Hike Nova Scotia
A non-profit group that promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing in NS. They offer guided hikes and re-connecting with nature workshops.
Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
A non-profit society that fosters safe recreational stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking through training, promotion, advocacy and stewardship.
An organization dedicated to provide Canadians and visitors to Canada consistent and relevant safety information about outdoor recreation. AdventureSmart delivers its adaptable information in-person and online.
This site provides details on Historic Sites within Halifax, such as Fort McNab and York Redout. There is also a great section on Nature which discusses science, conservation and Indigenous ecological knowledge.
Promotes recreational paddling instruction, safety and environmental awareness to all Canadians. Their website is a great resource for finding skills courses.
Wild Child Forest School
Wild Child Forest School is a project of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, aiming to connect children, youth, and families to nature. As part of the forest school movement that is gaining momentum across Canada, Wild Child aims to provide children with the means of exploring, learning, wondering, wandering, creating, and playing -- all at their own pace and in a natural setting. Wild Child offers a variety of programs for children ages 3-12 including summer camps, homeschool groups, and more.
iNaturalist – A Citizen Science Tool
iNaturalist is a free online platform for sharing and exploring your observations of the natural world. You can find information about different taxa, places, and species guides from around the globe. You can also set up your own projects. One has been created for the Halifax Region. Check it out and get out so you can contribute!
A is for Adventure by Jan LaPierre and Christopher Hoyt is an all ages alphabet book meant to inspire families to get outside and play together (available in Halifax Public Libraries).
The Last Child In The Woods by Richard Louv, a national bestseller, and other titles such as Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-rich Life, helped launch an international movement to connect families and communities to nature (available in Halifax Public Libraries).
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams, a contributing editor to Outside Magazine, is a lively account of what modern science tells us about the numerous health benefits of the great outdoors (available in Halifax Public Libraries).
Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia by Michael Haynes, a leading authority on trail development in Canada, has authored seven outdoor guides (available in Halifax Public Libraries).
Sea Kayaking in Nova Scotia was written by Scott Cunningham. Scott circumnavigated Nova Scotia in a canoe and wrote this detailed guide to help others explore our spectacular coastline. He was also instrumental in developing sea kayaking standards for Paddle Canada (available in Halifax Public Libraries).
The Children & Nature Network is a non-profit organization that promotes equitable access to nature so children and natural places can thrive. The Learn section of their website has great information on tools, resources, and research.