“Connecting People to Nature”
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.