“Con­nect­ing Peo­ple to Na­ture”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust (SLNT) is gear­ing up to host a Con­ser­va­tion Walk­a­bout on Sun­day, June 25, 2017 at the Pi­geon Is­land Na­tional Land­mark. The event, which was ini­tially slated to be a Walk for Con­ser­va­tion on World En­vi­ron­ment Day, has been trans­formed into an ex­cit­ing event that will do just as the theme sug­gests: “Con­nect­ing Peo­ple to Na­ture”.

“World En­vi­ron­ment Day, of­fi­cially ob­served on June 5, urges us to go out­doors and into na­ture, to ap­pre­ci­ate its beauty and its im­por­tance,” the SLNT wrote in a press state­ment. “It is a call to pro­tect the Earth that we share. This year’s theme in­vites us to think about how we are part of na­ture and how in­ti­mately we de­pend on it to sur­vive.”

The reg­u­lar PINL en­try fees ap­ply: res­i­dents 13 years and older pay EC$10, chil­dren 5-12 years pay EC$4. Pa­trons will get a chance to par­tic­i­pate in free guided tours of the Land­mark, holis­tic well­ness ses­sions and snor­kel­ing; visit booths from like-minded con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions and trea­sure hunt for prizes from Sea Trek St. Lu­cia, Harry Ed­wards Jewel­ers, and much more.

Con­ser­va­tion Walk­a­bout will be a fam­ily af­fair. To that end the chil­dren’s cor­ner will in­clude a bounc­ing cas­tle, face paint­ing and fun sports.

At­trac­tive gate prizes will be up for grabs. The ex­cite­ment con­tin­ues with a raf­fle: 1st prize – a trip for two to Mar­tinique aboard Ex­press Des Iles, com­pli­ments Cox & Com­pany (con­di­tions ap­ply); 2nd – din­ner for two com­pli­ments The Land­ings, and 3rd – an Adren­a­line Tour for four from Rain­for­est Ad­ven­tures St. Lu­cia.

Ac­cord­ing to the Di­rec­tor of the Trust, Mr. Bishnu Tulsie, “The ac­tiv­ity gives us a chance to con­tinue to share the rich history of the Land­mark with vis­i­tors as well as the many ways they can en­joy the vast breath­tak­ing space. Apart from rais­ing aware­ness about our con­ser­va­tion work we hope to use the Walk­a­bout as a fundraiser to sup­port our ini­tia­tives geared at safe­guard­ing the is­land’s rich her­itage”.

Some of the Trust’s on­go­ing projects in­clude the main­te­nance of Pi­geon Is­land Na­tional Land­mark, Morne Pav­il­lon and other Trust sites across the is­land; restor­ing the dieback ar­eas of the Mankote Man­groves; tur­tle mon­i­tor­ing in the south; build­ing the ca­pac­ity of sea moss farm­ers, char­coal pro­duc­ers and eco- tour op­er­a­tors in the south; mon­i­tor­ing of off­shore is­lands to en­sure the rich bio­di­ver­sity of th­ese ar­eas are pre­served; a coastal sta­bi­liza­tion project in the north and south of the is­land; the for­ma­tion of a Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment; lec­tures; ed­u­ca­tion and outreach ac­tiv­i­ties; and the List­ing of Build­ings Project, among many oth­ers ini­tia­tives.

The Trust thanks all new and long-stand­ing mem­bers for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

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