Aristotle was a lover of nature, and found great intellect in exploring its theories and connecting with its awesomeness! Like Aristotle, I find peace of mind and try to connect with nature at least for a few minutes every day - whether it be paddling on the water, or appreciating the sound of the wind in the trees on a hike.
Hiking here in Nova Scotia, specifically in Pictou County, is something that's tailored to any level of adventure. AllTrails is a site that maps out different hikes all around our province (and beyond!) and hopefully more and more hikes will be added back to its database overtime! You can check out the site/app here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/canada/nova-scotia/
Hike Nova Scotia is another great resource to inspire you to get outside! There's a 'Hiker Challenge' that encourages people of all ages to complete different hikes and apply for badges online! I'd love to get some of our Pictou Landing First Nation Community hikes listed, so that we can have our students earning badges, and promoting it to their friends and families, as well! You can learn more about the 'Hiker Challenge' here: https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects-hiker-challenge/#cid=1331&wid=3101
Hike Nova Scotia also offers a variety of guided hikes, training and other resources. You can see my correspondence with Janet Barlow (Executive Director of Hike Nova Scotia) below:
Thanks for contacting Hike NS. It sounds like you have some great ideas and opportunities to get students more active at Pictou Landing. Here at Hike NS we don't have the staff or volunteer capacity to send someone out to run a session or hike for a class or classes, but we do have some resources/programs that might be useful for you. I'll give you a listing below. Please let me know if anything resonates. Thanks!
Training for Staff & Volunteers
Public courses are offered annually (costs vary). For a flat fee, we can arrange a closed course for your staff/volunteers. Courses include:
- Re-Connecting with Nature workshop: A one-day, hands-on workshop held mostly outdoors to improve an adult’s ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth.
- Field Leader - Hiking course: A two-day course with a systematic approach to planning and managing a one-day hiking activity (a nationally certified Outdoor Council of Canada course). Winter and overnight modules are available that complement this course.
- Navigation Maps & Compass course: A two-day course with a comprehensive introduction to navigation using maps and compass. (a nationally certified Outdoor Council of Canada course).
- Intro to Hiking: Outdoor Council of Canada GO Hike (Get Out Hike) - Offer a series of hikes where participants learn about what to expect, how to prepare and what to wear for hiking.
- Look under Courses & Workshops at https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/
Guided Hike SeriesHiker ChallengeThe Hiker Challenge is all about inspiring, motivating and rewarding new and experienced hikers to start hiking or to hike more. The reward for completing each of the five challenges is a badge, being listed on our Honour Roll and each season we’ll do a prize draw from The Trail Shop for badge earners. There is Youth Badge as well. https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects-hiker-challenge/
Hiking for Youth & Families PageOnline ResourcesFind information on trails, hiking clubs, safety and more at https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/resources/. This includes the Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide.
Stay informed and get great benefits: Paid members receive our monthly enews as well as discounts on Hike NS events and discounts at various businesses across the province. A free associate membership gets you a monthly enews.
In addition to helping you connect with nature, there are many other health benefits from hiking! If you don't believe me, maybe this HuffPost article will convince you to get outside this week, and HIKE! :)
Melinda, Physical Education Teacher