Volunteer Learning Day – Plant ID workshop

Event Details

July 13th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Atlantic Wildlife Institute, New Brunswick
Inventories and Monitoring

We would like to invite all Nature Conservancy of Canada volunteers to our third annual Volunteer Learning Day (formerly known as Steward Training Day)! This year volunteers will have the opportunity to learn how to identify ground vegetation and wild flowers native to the Maritimes.

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 or would like to offer a ride to other volunteers, please sign up here.

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More Information

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

Gart Bishop and Richard Fournier, both expert NB botanists, will be leading the workshop and will be teaching volunteers how to identify local vegetation using keys and identification techniques. The day will start in the centre, then volunteers will have a chance to test out their new skills in the field.

Why you will love it

You don't want to miss this opportunity to work one on one with expert botanists and learn some new field skills! This is also a great way to meet and mingle with other NCC volunteers and staff. Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.


Contact Courtney: courtney.thompson@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

NCC will provide a lunch as well as other tools required (e.g. Plant ID books with identification key). Participants are welcome to bring their own plant ID books if they have any. Volunteers who use smartphones may also want to download iNaturalist 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.

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 the following organizations for helping to fund this event:
NB Wildlife Trust FundNB Environmental Trust Fund

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
  • Cell phone with iNaturalist app
  • Reusable water bottle