our workshops

Learn more about our natural environment.

Develop your skills in ways to care and protect our world


Join us at the Harbourville Hall for demonstrations, cooking classes,

illustrated talks and training on bird watching, butterfly gardening, tree planting and the geology and life the Bay of Fundy – and much more.

what rocks can tell us      

Sunday, July 7th,1:30-4pm

Harbourville Hall 

Jeff Smith brings his enthusiasm and love of geology to this guided walk of the Harbourville beach and the shores of the Bay of Fundy. 

Jeff’s presentation will begin with an introduction to the “makeup” of our Earth and the processes that have created the Maritime Provinces and the Bay of Fundy. This will be followed by an identification of different rock types and how they came to be here. 

An important highlight will be an examination of the outcrop, which Jeff describes as “a key aspect of the Bay of Fundy’s geological setting: evidence for the opening of the Atlantic Ocean.”

 About Jeff Smith:

Jeff has worked as a geologist for over 40 years, with assignments that have taken him to Alberta, northern Ontario and Nova Scotia. He is fascinated by the Bay of Fundy which he describes as a “unique geological regime.”

Registration required

To Register click Registration under Wild Connections

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mysteries beneath:

the floor of the bay of fundy

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Thursday, July 11th, 7 pm.

Harbourville Hall

Join marine physicist Russell Parrot for his presentation on mapping the Bay of Fundy, from Grand Manan Island to the Minas Basin. This includes information on the different types of sophisticated equipment used to do this work.

Russell will show slides of the findings of this five year project, including 10,000 year old ice berg scours and a massive sand dune off Margaretsville.


About Russell Parrot

Russell is a marine Geo-physicist who worked for the Geological Survey of Canada for 27 years. This has included projects in the Arctic, Canada’s west and east coasts.

Registration is not necessary

Thursday, July 18th, 7 pm

Harbourville Hall

Biologist and Professor Emeritus (Acadia University) Graham Daborn brings his great love and admiration for the Bay of Fundy to his description on what makes it so exceptional. This includes the world’s greatest recorded tidal range, a rich coastal biological system, many habitats and a temporary home for numerous species travelling from the Arctic, North and South Atlantic, Europe and the Americas.

Graham will describe these many aspects of the Bay of Fundy that make it “unparalleled anywhere else in the world.”

About Graham Daborn

Graham is Professor Emeritus at Acadia University where his research has focused on the ecology of the Bay of Fundy with a focus on the environmental implications of tidal power.  He is the Founding Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (1984-2004), and the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment (2004-2007).

Registration is not necessary

Biological Connections:

Why The Bay of Fundy is Extraordinary

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Where the wild things are:

Edible  & Medicinal Plants

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Sunday, July 28th, 1:30 pm

Harbourville Hall

Join Lois Hare and Gen Lehr for a special workshop on edible and medicinal plants. This will include a guided walk, “wild” but edible snacks and information on how to identify edible/medicinal plants along the Bay of Fundy shoreline and in the North Mountain woods.

This workshop is free but registration is limited

Thursday , August 22nd, 7 PM

Harbourville Hall

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Wood Turtle: A Threatened Species

Lauren Lawrence and Angelica Whiteway will describe their work with the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance and the Mi’kmaq Conservation Group in the recovery of Nova Scotia’s wood turtle population.

Angelica notes: “The wood turtle is a threatened species here in the Annapolis Valley and it is up to us to take care of the delicate ecosystem in which it resides as well as become educated on the needs and threats to this animal.


Sunday, August 25th, 1:30 PM

Harbourville Hall

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Forest Management: To Maintain Biological Diversity

Peter Austin-Smith (ecological biologist) and Don Munro (owner of 250 acre woodlot) will share their knowledge and practices to support the life and growth of our forests.

A presentation at the Harbourville Hall will be followed by a guided walk through Don’s land where he will describe practices he has adopted in caring for his woodlot. Peter will provide information on maintaining an ecological balance in a wooded area.

This workshop complements and builds of the June workshop titled: “Forest Magic.”

This workshop is free but registration is limited