Our projects include development of tourism vignettes, and a SNBRA App showing locations of natural, cultural, culinary points of interests, and lighthouses. Other projects have focused on youth, and activities targeting species at risk.
Community outreach is very important for the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. Part of the reason of being a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve is that people have to want the UNESCO designation. The more people that hear about the SNBR in the news and see the SNBRA at community events, the more likely these people will become engaged and want to learn about this unique designation and the area it covers.
UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) – Lockeport Schools, Shelburne County. N. S.
Lockeport Regional High School and Lockeport Elementary School were the first two schools in Nova Scotia to become part of UNESCO. The schools were welcomed into the organization April 6, 2010 and were the only schools east of Montreal with UNESCO designation. The Lockeport Family of Schools supports education for sustainable development. They work to be stewards of the environment through activities such as beach and community clean-up events, and maintaining a greenhouse and gardens.
Lockeport Elementary and Lockeport High are nurturing, caring, and inviting places that promote restorative approaches to education and relationships.
See website at: UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)
SNBRA Community Outreach Coordinators, Jeff Bonazza and Leslie Saunders, attended various day camps located in the SNBR to do environmental education programs with children ages 5-12. The camps were a huge success and the children participated in a variety of activities related to the environment of the SNBR. For more details on these programs, please check out the ‘Summer Youth Programs‘ link on menu!
Blanding’s Turtle Days: SNBRA, Parks Canada and Oaklawn Farm Zoo August 2010
Blandings Turtles are an endangered species in both Nova Scotia and in Canada. For the past few of years numerous people have been involved in Blanding’s Turtle conservation initiatives around the province (particularly around Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site). Currently there are only about 300 of these turtles in Nova Scotia.
Blanding’s Turtle Hatchlings
Turtle eggs.. some are hatching!
Baby Blanding’s.. the size of a toonie. Such sweet creatures.