Julie-Lynn helping volunteers with a clean up at Nail Pond by Brett MacKinnon

Participate & Educate

Prince Edward Island is the most densely populated province in Canada, yet retains a predominantly rural feel. Nowhere on the Island is far away from a coast or a forest, but those places have also lost a good deal of their wildness because they are not remote.

We recognize that people are intimately connected with nature and not separate from it. With terms like “nature deficit disorder” becoming common place and the Japanese practice of forest bathing gaining in popularity, it is clear that many are recognizing and feeling a disconnect from the natural world. Island Nature Trust has a constitutional mandate to educate and engage Islanders in nature, for the well-being of both people and nature.

In the last few years, Island Nature Trust’s outreach focus has moved to immersive nature education and skills training support for our fabulous volunteers. Our strategy is that, young and old, we all retain knowledge more effectively when we are immersed and using all of our senses in the learning experience. We hope that the messages children, youth and adults receive through our programs will carry with them for the rest of their lives. If you don’t love it, you won’t protect it. It is through a deep connection to nature that conservation begins.