Tuesday September 02, 2014

Volunteers needed


Now that we’ve passed the winter-spring threshold, we can focus on what’s really important – the warm weather summer. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about ways to spend your time in the sun and with National Volunteer Week from April 6 to 12, volunteering is top of mind for Canadians.

Last year, we saw 1,800 volunteers lend their hands to over a year’s worth of conservation work, amounting to more than 10,000 hours and to more than 230 grassroots projects

A recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada found that 94 per cent of Canadians value their protected natural areas close to where they live, with 91 per cent of them noting their use of these areas being for personal enjoyment.

Knowing this, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is inviting Canadians to contribute to protecting these sensitive areas.

Conservation Volunteers is a hands-on, educational volunteer program that brings communities closer to conservation successes in their area. The program engages nature enthusiasts in the organization’s on-the-ground work, hosting a wide-range of outdoor events from coast to coast.

“Our hope is for our volunteers to explore and experience Canada’s great natural areas, while helping us to preserve them for the long term,” says program director, Erica Thompson.  “Essentially, our volunteers are helping us care for Canada.”

The program runs year-round and provides meaningful opportunities in various Canadian communities and types of habitat, depending on the work required at that time of year.

Past events have included counting rare species like bluebirds in British Columbia, removing invasive species, surveying waterfowl populations, cleaning up shorelines and improving hiking trails. Every year the organization sees a boost in event participation, and has no reason to anticipate any less.

“Last year, we saw 1,800 volunteers lend their hands to over a year’s worth of conservation work, amounting to more than 10,000 hours and to more than 230 grassroots projects,” says Thompson. “We’re absolutely looking forward to what this year has in store for our ever-growing program.”

So get your hands dirty, spring a few months forward into summer and experience National Volunteer Week by seeking out opportunities that allow you to explore the natural wonders outside your front door.

To learn more visit conservationvolunteers.ca.



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