A Field Leader – Hiking & Paddling Course will be offered in Shelburne on August 28, 29 and 30 at The Islands Provincial Park. It will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Field Leader – Hiking & Paddling. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The course is two and a half days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking and paddling leader. 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. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The cost is $112 ($102 for current Hike NS members). The course is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Hike NS thanks its local partner the Municipality of the District of Shelburne for its support. For more information, go to http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/leadership-hiking-course/.