Slate of 2017-18 Hike NS Courses & Workshops Released

Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops across Nova Scotia is now available for 2017-18. Beginning in June through to February, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and WILD Connect Course. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop. Learn more and view the schedules at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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Field Leader – Winter Leadership courses in February 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Halifax

Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Chester Basin

A pre-requisite for taking this module is Field Leader – Hiking certification. This nationally recognized course will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader – Winter Leadership and allow the Field Leader to lead in low-risk winter environments as defined by the OCC. The course is $50 for non-Hike NS members and $40 for paid Hike NS members. It is delivered by OCC certified instructors and offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness For more information, go here.

Field Leader – Hiking & Paddling Course Aug. 28-30, Shelburne

RIMG1150-smallerA 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 Continue reading “Field Leader – Hiking & Paddling Course Aug. 28-30, Shelburne”

Field Leader – Hiking Course Feb. 21-22, Dartmouth

A Field Leader – Hiking Course (formerly Leadership Level 1 – Hiking) will be offered in Dartmouth on February 21-22, 2015. It will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) ???????????????????????????????national certification in Field Leader – Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail groups, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout leaders, Girl Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The course is two full days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. The cost is $90 ($80 for current Hike NS members). The course is offered through the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program. For more information, go here.

Leadership Level 1 – Hiking Course Nov. 29-30, Halifax

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Leadership Level 1 – Hiking Course will be offered in Halifax on November 29-30, 2014. It will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Leadership Level 1 – Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail groups, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout leaders, Girl Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The course is two full days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. The cost is $90 ($80 for current Hike NS members). The course is offered through the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program. Click here for more information.

Safe Hiker: An Introduction to Hiking Workshop

Hike NS envisions more Nova Scotians and visitors enjoying a broad network of places for hiking, walking and snowshoeing and doing so in a responsible manner. To realize this, we need to give hikers the skills and knowledge to do it safely, with minimal impact and with confidence. Hike Nova Scotia’s Safe Hiker Workshop aims to teach new and inexperienced hikers how to have safe, low-impact and enjoyable hiking experiences. It is supported by Mountain Equipment Co-op. Learn how your organization can host a Safe Hiker one-day workshop.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman: Sept. 9-11

The Becoming an Outdoors -Woman® (BOW) program is a weekend workshop primarily aimed at women 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills – skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits, like hiking, backpacking, wilderness navigation, wilderness survival and combines a fellowship experience with women. Originally started in the United States in 1991, Nova Scotia began offering the program to women in 1997. Upcoming Workshops for 2011 include:

  • Fall BOW: September 9-11, 2011 at Mount Traber BibleCamp, Cooks Brook, (near Middle Musquodoboit)
  • Winter BOW: February 17 – 19, 2012 at the Gaelic College ofCeltic Arts & Crafts, St. Anne’s, Cape Breton

Find more information here.

Host a Safe Hiker Course

What: Hike Nova Scotia’s Safe Hiker Course aims to teach new and inexperienced hikers how to have safe, low-impact and enjoyable hiking experiences.
Why: Hike NS envisions more Nova Scotians and visitors enjoying a broad network of places for hiking, walking and snowshoeing and doing so in a responsible manner. To realize this, we need to give hikers the skills and knowledge to do it safely, with minimal impact and with confidence.
Who
: The course targets new and inexperienced hikers, especially youth (13 to 18) and seniors (55 and up). The minimum age for participants is 13 years old. Hike NS offers the course to organizations that can recruit between 10 and 20 participants. Course hosts may include schools, scouting/guiding groups, youth-serving organizations, seniors groups, trail groups, hiking/walking clubs, naturalist clubs and others. The course is a resource for such groups to build skills, knowledge and capacity in encouraging healthy and safe physical activity among their target audiences.
When & Where
:Courses will take place in the fall of 2011 (Sept. to Dec.). There are a limited number of courses available, so potential course host organizations are encouraged to contact Hike Nova Scotia as soon as possible. It is a half-day course (3.5 hours).
Cost
: $20 per participant, including a manual and certificate of completion. The fee may be paid by individual participants or covered by the host organization. Host organizations must recruit between 10 and 20 participants in order to run a course.

Find more details about the course here.  Contact Hike Nova Scotia for more information at info@hikenovascotia.ca.

Leave No Trace Tips: Plan Ahead and Prepare

As part of our regular feature on the seven Leave No Trace Principles, we’re featuring Principle #1: Plan Ahead and Prepare.

Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land. Poor planning often results in miserable campers and damage to natural and cultural resources. Rangers often tell stories of campers they have encountered who, because of poor planning and unexpected conditions, degrade backcountry resources and put themselves at risk. Why is trip planning important?

  • It helps ensure the safety of groups and individuals.
  • It prepares you to Leave No Trace and minimizes resource damage.
  • It contributes to accomplishing trip goals safely and enjoyably.
  • It increases self-confidence and opportunities for learning more about nature.

There are seven elements to consider when planning a trip:

  1. Identify and record the goals (expectations) of your trip.
  2. Identify the skill and ability of trip participants.
  3. Select destinations that match your goals, skills, and abilities
  4. Gain knowledge of the area you plan to visit from land managers, maps, and literature.
  5. Choose equipment and clothing for comfort, safety, and Leave No Trace qualities.
  6. Plan trip activities to match your goals, skills, and abilities.
  7. Evaluate your trip upon return and note changes you will make next time.

Learn more at Leave No Trace Canada.

BAM: Be Coyote Smart

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources recently launched its Be Coyote Smart  campaign designed to increase public awareness about the Eastern coyote. Campaign materials include revised content and video clips on the DNR website www.gov.ns.ca/natr as well as brochures and cautionary trail signage.

Samples of the brochures and signs can be viewed online at http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/support-educators.asp Anyone wanting to obtain quantities of the brochures, or signs (limited number available) for posting along trails where coyotes may be present, can do so by contacting wildlife@gov.ns.ca.