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 enclosures, 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.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre
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
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
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