Volunteer Learning Day 2019

Event Details

May 24th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute, New Brunswick

We would like to invite all Nature Conservancy of Canada volunteers to our fourth annual Volunteer Learning Day (formerly known as Steward Training Day)! This year volunteers will have the opportunity to learn how to use a map and compass to navigate in the field, as well as important field safety practices.

This event will take place at the Atlantic Wildlife Institute Centre and the surrounding land that NCC manages.

As always, we encourage our volunteers to carpool when possible. If you’re interested in carpooling please sign up here.

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About The Atlantic Wildlife Institute

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute (AWI) has been providing wildlife rehabilitation, education and emergency management services for 20 years in the Province of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canada Region. They are the leading wildlife response service in Atlantic Canada, and the only one licensed to handle injured or distressed migratory birds in all four Atlantic Provinces. For more information visit their website.

What you will be doing

This particular event will focus on field safety and map and compass work, and will be presented by our very own Duane Miller. The first hour and a half of the day will be a field safety presentation done in the centre. You are encouraged to bring your own first aid kits or safety equipment to discuss their uses. The rest of the day will be a hands-on workshop on how to use a compass and topographic map to navigate yourself through wilderness areas. If there is time at the end of the event, we will quickly go through GPS work as well.

Why you will love it

Nowadays, map and compass navigation is being replaced by the convenience of GPS units, however it is important to have this basic navigation skill set in case you find yourself lost without a GPS or phone. Having these skills will make getting lost far more difficult. The field safety presentation will also help prepare volunteers for trips into the field this summer.


Contact Courtney: atlantic@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

NCC will provide a lunch as well as other tools required (e.g. compass and map). You are welcome to bring your own declination compass if you have one, as well as a notepad and pencil. If you use a smartphone you may want to download Avenza, a very useful GPS phone app, in advance of the event, as we may touch on the usefulness of this app.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is torrential 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.

Please send any food restrictions to NCC in advance.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

Thank you to our sponsors, NB Wildlife Trust Fund, for helping to fund this event.

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
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Layers
  • Rain gear just in case
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Smartphone with Avenza app
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medication