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Greenwing Legacy Interpretation Centre

Greenwing Legacy Interpretation Centre

Name of organisation: Nova Scotia Depatment of Natural Resources

Funding support: Nova Scotia Government and Ducks Unlimited

Number of staff: 7

Number of visitors per year: 30,000

Overall aims of the centre

To educate all ages of people on the importance of stewardship of the natural world

Description of the centre

The site is 100 acres, with many connecting pond systems, a wildlife park with animals in inclosures, trails, and a picnic grounds. Most of the species that live in Eastern Canadian wetlands. Educational programs delivered to groups from pre-school to university level, averaging 5000 people that partake in our guided programs. The sire is located in Shubenacadie, (Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park) central Nova Scotia, Canada

Main CEPA work areas

We communicate our programs by web site, attend conferences, and facebook. We have specific educational programs developed to support the curriculum outcomes of our provincial school system that we deliver on-site and visit schools. Participation is accomplished by attracting some of the 80,000 wildlife park visitors to visit our centre located on the same grounds. We offer simple activites to families and hold special events every week during the parks main season from May to October. Much media attention is given to us on Feb 2 because of our groundhog, so we tap into this to promote world wetland day.

Top three successes

Night tours have been a real success story because so many people are afraid to go into the woods at night.

Elementary programming which allows students to use small nets to dip for invertebrates

Feb 2 groundhog day because it is media driven. They contact us and want to be involved.

Top three challenges

We have tried various themes for special events and some have had problems. Most less successful projects can be blamed on the weather, lack of staff or lack of communications.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Susan Penney, P.O. Box 299, Creighton Rd, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Canada  B0N 2H0

Website address: http://wildlifepark.gov.ns.ca/

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