Seven Ways to Help New Brunswick Nature this Spring
Are you passionate about helping nature, but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of 7 ways to start this spring. This list is intended for those new to nature exploration or conservation advocacy.
1. Join us at the Parks and connect with Nature
One of the best ways to help nature is to first get to know nature! New Brunswick is full of natural beauty to explore, and our Provincial and Nationals Parks offer a safe way to explore many of the different habitats here in the province. CPAWS NB runs free* educational and family friendly activities throughout the summer. Here is the link to our schedule. For those with accessibility needs, New Brunswick parks do have accessibility features and equipment, visit Parks NB for details on what is available at each park. *Park admissions fees still apply.
2. Learn as you explore! – INaturalist
While exploring nature, you can learn as you go! INaturalist is a free app, available for both iPhone and Android, and allows the user to take photos and identify almost anything that can be found in nature. From fungi, trees, plants, birds, insects and more, INaturalist is a great tool to have while outdoors!
3. Support Indigenous Conservation
Indigenous lead conservation is crucial to the conservation of lands, waters, and everything in between. Supporting Indigenous conservation initiatives can look like volunteering for an event, contributing financially, educating yourself on Indigenous culture, supporting Indigenous Treaty rights, and voicing support when communities need it. For more information on how to be an ally of Indigenous led Conservation check out this guide by Land Needs Guardians.
4. We Can’t Wait Campaign
Another way to help nature is to get involved in the CPAWS’ “We Can’t Wait Campaign”. The campaign is designed to draw attention to the need protect at least 30% of land and ocean in Canada by 2023 and ensure the federal, provincial, and territorial governments deliver on this pledge! For more information or to sign the pledge please visit here.
5. Contact a Representative
Is there a specific nature issue you would like to see addressed? Write a letter, call, sign a petition, there are many ways to take action for nature. Check out CPAWS NB’s Speak Up for Nature Action Toolkit! This toolkit takes the guess work of how to contact an elected official and is a great tool for those who are new to political advocacy.
6. Share the Joy of Nature!
Talking about nature and why it is important to you is a powerful way to raise awareness about nature and all of the positive things that nature does for us. You can use platforms like social media, or simply have conversations with family and friends to share your favourite things about nature, like favourite places, favourite activities or favourite animals. Sharing your passion can help others spark their own interest in nature!
7. Make a donation
Financial contributions help fund the work we do to encourage governments to protect nature and to educate people of all ages about our connections to nature … and we make it go a long way. CPAWS NB spends over 90 percent of each dollar we raise on conservation and education. When you make a donation of $20 or more, you will receive the following benefits for one year: A tax receipt, two issues per year of our information-packed national newsletter, Canadian Wilderness and chapter newsletter, WildNB.
To make a donation, go here.