SURVIVOR: Holman’s Island Cleanup Edition

Event Details

September 29th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Holman's Island (Summerside), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Test your strength and will-power by joining an alliance with NCC as we cast off to Holman’s Island to clean up the shorelines of garbage! Holman’s Island is known for its mosquitoes, so we want to see who’s up for the challenge!

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About Holman’s Island (Summerside)

This 91 acre (36 ha.) island was once the site of P.E.I’s first summer resort; now, it’s under the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s permanent protection as a “hotel for birds”. The area features a large salt marsh and old growth, acadian forest, making it an ideal habitat for a diverse range of species, including the redback salamander, Atlantic white-sided dolphin and the endangered red knot shorebird.

NCC acquired Holman’s Island with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

The plan for the day is to clean up as much garbage from the shoreline of Holman’s Island as possible, surviving the mosquito masses in the process. Volunteers will be recording all items they collect to compete in challenges. The data you record will be uploaded into Marine Debris Tracker – an application used to track marine debris data to help with research studies on marine garbage.

Why you will love it

Castaways (volunteers) will be boated over to Holman's Island and will be competing against each other in garbage pick-up challenges. You will have to use the buddy system (teams of two) to collect the largest quantity of garbage, most variety of garbage, and most interesting piece of garbage. Prizes will be given to the winning teams!

Marine debris that washes up on shore accumulates on the beaches and entices birds and other wildlife to ingest it or become entangled in it. By cleaning the garbage from the shorelines, volunteers can feel good about helping to keep our coastal wildlife safe from harm, while also making a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy.


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Please Note

Holman’s Island is known for its healthy mosquito population. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing (long sleeve shirt and pants, light in colour). We will provide gloves, bug net hat and bug spray.

Volunteers should make sure they are comfortable riding in boats and getting their feet wet, as it is necessary to take a boat to the island to participate in this event. It may be cool on the open water so make sure to wear layers and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet.

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

People of all fitness levels can participate
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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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 sleeve shirt and pants (light in colour)
  • Work gloves if you have your own
  • Layers
  • Shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • Reusable water bottle with water
  • Lunch