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Nova Camp simplifies local adventure through outdoor gear rentals. The goals of this program are to make outdoor exploration more accessible in Atlantic Canada, be an affordable solution to experiencing outdoor activities in a new way, reduce textile waste from outdoor gear in landfills, encourage more people to spend time outside and explore what the...

West Hants Parks and Recreation has a free kayak and stand-up paddle board loan program. This program encourages people to get active on waterways and introduces them to paddling with barrier-free access to equipment.   Learn more about the loan program here....

In a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Hants Parks and Recreation provided yoga in their parks. This gave community members the opportunity to get outside, focus on mental well-being, and participate in recreational activities during the pandemic.   Learn more here....

West Hants Parks and Recreation offered family-friendly guided summer beach combing and treasure hunting walks. This provided an opportunity for people to get outside and explore their local beaches.   Learn more and view upcoming events here....

West Hants Parks and Recreation offered family bubble guided hikes in a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided an opportunity for families or "bubbled" groups to get outdoors and active through guided hikes on trails in West Hants.   Learn more here....

SickKids, MCFST and researchers from FIFSW have released a Call to Action - as Ontario begins to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action needs to be taken to prioritize children's optimal health and development. Ontario cannot afford to ignore the increasing consequences of pandemic restrictions on the health and well-being...

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library hosts NS Walk Day @ Library wherein community members can walk/roll/stroll with the library as a destination and gathering place. This is to encourage healthy communities and create awareness for the public library.   While this program has not been possible for the last two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are optimistic about...

Undercurrent Youth Centre on Cape Breton Island runs a variety of outdoor activities for youth in the summer, although many programs have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their regular schedule includes a weekly hike day for junior and senior high students; a weekly Skateboarding School Program at two skateparks; weekly kids programs and...

Can I go outside? Is it even safe for me to go outside? Many people may assume they should stay indoors, when in fact, they should stay apart. This can be readily, and responsibly done in the outdoors, while benefiting from its many health promoting features....

The Child and Nature Network (C&NN) Nature Play Infographic highlights the many benefits of spending time in nature and provides suggestions on how to promote environmental stewardship. The link to the original infographic can be found here. Additional C&NN research on the benefits of nature can be found here....