In 2011 the Nature Trust hosted a public consultation to identify areas of focus as the organization approached its 25th anniversary. What was produced was a document called the Green Futures Challenge Dialogue. The Challenge Dialogue identified a need to reach out and enlist the help of younger generations to protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage. Nature Trust developed a Youth Strategy and approached UNB’s Renaissance College Leadership Program to find youth leaders to assist.
The result was the New Brunswick Youth in Nature Campaign (NBYNC) - designed by six students from UNB’s Renaissance College. The goal of this campaign was to promote engagement from youth, ages 15-35. What came from this strategy took on a life of its own, surpassing all expectations and tapping into the passion that youth have for nature.
The concept was simple; invite young people to Nature Trust nature preserves to participate in artistic, musical and skill-building activities. Very quickly an outpouring of support and offers to lead workshops came from local artists throughout the province.
Several artistic workshops took place throughout 2012, including:
Nature as a Medium – February 18 – with Sarah Grass
Collaborative Creations – April 28 – with Mallory Driscoll and Paul McAllister
We Get to See This! – June 16 – with Jennifer Pazienza
This is my Studio! – June 23 – with Chantal Richard
See. Think. Make. – July 29 – with Ash Hall
The musical component lead to a series of take-away shows with musicians from across Canada. Take-away shows are musical performances carried out in untraditional locations, like on top of a mountain, or in a canoe. The Nature Trust invites you to enjoy these musical performances (see list below) and encourages you to break with the conventional. Bring your hobbies and interests outdoors to Nature Trust nature preserves, and get a fresh take on your connection with nature.