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Hike Nova Sco­tia of­fer­ing work­shops in Syd­ney

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Hike Nova Sco­tia will of­fer work­shops in Syd­ney on re­con­nect­ing with na­ture and how to be a hike leader.

“We want more peo­ple out there hik­ing,” Janet Bar­low, Hike Nova Sco­tia ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in a news re­lease. “Th­ese cour­ses and work­shops give you the skills you need to have — and help oth­ers have — a safe and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.”

There will be a one-day, hand­son work­shop in Syd­ney on June 2 held mostly out­doors. The aim of the re­con­nect­ing with na­ture work­shop is to in­crease and strengthen the num­ber adult lead­ers in Nova Sco­tia who can help chil­dren and youth to spend more time ap­pre­ci­at­ing, un­der­stand­ing and act­ing for the nat­u­ral world while be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive in the out­doors.

The work­shop au­di­ence is di­verse and in­cludes youth group lead­ers, re­cre­ation and camp staff, teach­ers, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents and con­cerned cit­i­zens. The cost is $50 ($40 for mem­bers of Hike Nova Sco­tia). A re­duced fee of $30 is avail­able for par­ents not as­so­ci­ated with an or­ga­ni­za­tion and for vol­un­teer lead­ers work­ing with youth and stu­dents. Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes a work­shop man­ual and a one-year in­di­vid­ual mem­ber­ship with Hike Nova Sco­tia (or $10 off other types of mem­ber­ships).

A two-day course with a sys­tem­atic ap­proach to plan­ning and man­ag­ing a one-day hik­ing ac­tiv­ity will take place June 3-4 in Syd­ney. This na­tion­ally rec­og­nized course will pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with Out­door Coun­cil of Canada train­ing in field leader hik­ing as well as the skills to or­ga­nize and lead oth­ers in a one-day, ed­u­ca­tional or ac­tiv­i­ty­based ex­pe­ri­ence in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. The pro­gram is suit­able for hik­ing club lead­ers, trail group vol­un­teers, re­cre­ation de­part­ment staff, teach­ers, 4H lead­ers, Scout and Guide lead­ers, par­ents or in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in lead­ing hikes. The course will be de­liv­ered by an cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor.

To be hik­ing lead­ers, par­tic­i­pants should have some hik­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and be able to par­tic­i­pate in a low risk nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment hike on a des­ig­nated trail while car­ry­ing what they will need for the day out­side. Par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to read a man­ual be­fore­hand. Par­tic­i­pants who suc­cess­fully meet the course out­comes will earn Out­door Coun­cil of Canada field leader hik­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The cost is $125 ($115 for mem­bers of Hike Nova Sco­tia). A re­duced fee of $100 is avail­able for Duke of Ed­in­burgh lead­ers.

All par­tic­i­pants must sign a waiver. Par­tic­i­pants are re­spon­si­ble for their own ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and trans­porta­tion. Learn more and view the sched­ules and reg­is­ter at www.hiken­o­vas­co­tia.ca.

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