Lincoln Trailblazer

Event Details

June 16th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton), New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

NCC needs help maintaining the trail on our Lincoln Nature Reserve near Fredericton, NB!

This publicly accessible trail that also serves as an outdoor classroom for the Lincoln Elementary Community School, needs annual TLC to keep fast-growing plants from crowding over the path. Volunteers will help maintain the trail, and can also enjoy a BBQ lunch at the end of the day. Roll up your sleeves and join us at our Lincoln nature trail!

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About Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton)

These 21 acres (8.6 ha.) of protected lands were acquired in 2002 through a generous donation in memory of Gwen Ferris. This property contains silver maple floodplain forest and freshwater wetlands, providing habitat for barn swallow, northern leopard frogs, American beavers and mature butternut trees, a federally endangered tree species. Set along the St. John River, the area is prone to seasonal flooding and makes a healthy habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl.

The nature trail on the property is shared with the Lincoln Elementary Community School, and is used by teachers and students for recreation and educational activities.

What you will be doing

NCC is looking for a team of volunteers to trim trees and shrubs, remove invasive plants and put up trail markers where necessary. This trail begins on the Lincoln Elementary Community School grounds and is used primarily for education and recreation by the school, although it is publicly accessible. Volunteers may help maintain educational signs and material along the trail.

Why you will love it

This short trail runs through a wetland and ends at the Saint John River, revealing some magnificent old-growth silver maple riparian forest. The combination of wetland and river makes the area an excellent location for birding. Waterfowl have been known to use the area, and NCC staff are more than happy to take volunteers out to do some birding after the trail has been cleared.

NCC will also be hosting a BBQ lunch! Vegetarian options will be available. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle, although NCC staff will supply extra water.


Contact Courtney:

Please Note

NCC is also looking for long-term volunteers to join the Lincoln Wetlands Nature Reserve Steward Committee. This newly formed committee will work with the school and other NCC partner groups  to help care for the nature reserve and the trail, as well as help with the coordination of fun, educational  youth activities. If you’re interested in the joining the Lincoln Wetlands Nature Reserve Steward Committee, please contact Courtney Thompson at or inquire during the CV event!

Although this is a short approximately two-kilometre trail, it is rustic and requires good walking/hiking footwear. Volunteers should bring their own reusable water bottles, although NCC will supply extra water.

If you have your own set of binoculars or scopes and would like to participate in birding after the work is done, please bring them.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those who register.

Moderate fitness level required
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

Thank you to our funders for supporting this event:
NB Wildlife Trust FundNB Environmental Trust Fund
Fredericton Community Foundation

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Long pants are preferable
  • Work gloves if you want to bring your own
Camping Gear
  • Back pack
  • Reusable water bottle