Monday, June 17, 2013

[Halifax, NS] - HRM Diverse, a program run by the Sierra Club Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter is hosting a series of expert guided nature walks this summer throughout the HRM. Geared toward members of the public who want to learn more about wilderness in urban settings, a monthly expert will guide the walks and provide information and answer questions. The first HRM Diverse Walk will be held at Point Pleasant Park on Saturday June 29th at 1:00 PM, and will meet in the Tower Road parking lot.


“By attending walks like the one at the end of June, people of all ages have an amazing opportunity to learn from expert ecologists, naturalists, ornithologists, and more, who have a wealth of knowledge to share,” David Foster, HRM Diverse program coordinator, explains. The monthly expert will also be publishing a blog for HRM Diverse, sharing information about the area they will visit at the end of the month, and giving walk participants a chance to get to know them. The expert of the month for June will be Dr. Bill Freedman, professor of ecology and environmental science at Dalhousie University, and urban wilderness guru. “People who experience nature by viewing birds, eating free-growing berries or gazing at wild and windy seascapes will have greater understanding and empathy for conserving often highly threatened nature,” explains Dr. Freedman.


And a good public understanding of the importance of these areas is becoming increasingly important, according to Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director of the Sierra Club Atlantic Canada Chapter. “With public consultation processes such as the Regional Plan + 5 getting media headlines lately, it’s important that the public understands what’s at stake, and what the city’s urban green spaces have to offer.”

Walks will be held at the end of every month, and will be hosted by a different expert every month. Mr. Foster won’t divulge who he has lined up for future months, but says he is excited at the opportunity this presents to the public. “There are few places offering this quality of learning at no cost to the participants,” explains Mr. Foster. More details about each event can be found on the group’s facebook page at, including a link to the program’s blog.



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