News release: New Partnership, Get Outside! NB, Connects People to Nature in Our Parks

(Fredericton)  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NB Chapter (CPAWS NB) is excited to be partnering with Parks New Brunswick, other NGOs and centres of learning to bring the Get Outside program to life in New Brunswick.  As the Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture announced today in the legislature, Get Outside! NB is being launched this week in our provincial parks.  Student Park Natural Leaders will organize nature-oriented activities all summer, using parks as the backdrop.

Get Outside was co-founded by our sister chapter CPAWS BC, in collaboration with BC Parks, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, and it’s in its third year.  CPAWS Wildlands League chapter is also starting the program in Ontario this year, and CPAWS NB is keen to bring this vision and spirit to New Brunswick.

Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, NB Chapter, said, “We’re pleased that New Brunswick has embraced this new program for connecting more people with nature. CPAWS NB is eager to have our staff be mentors to these young Park Natural Leaders all summer, and beyond. This is a great opportunity to train our next generation of conservation leaders and outdoor educators. New Brunswickers and visitors will benefit from their enthusiasm when they visit provincial parks this summer, with new activities and fun events.”

Get Outside! NB is led by a steering committee that includes: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NB Chapter; Parks New Brunswick; Nature NB; UNB Faculty of Kinesiology, Renaissance College, Maritime College of Forest Technology; Outdoor Educators of NB; with assistance from the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

CPAWS NB is grateful to the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund for their support of our participation in Get Outside! NB.