Bethany has always been a nature lover. From an early age, her family explored the Rockies in her native province of Alberta and enjoyed summer holidays at Oromocto Lake. With deep roots in New Brunswick on both sides of the family, Bethany was delighted when her father found work in Saint John and the Youngs moved to Quispamsis where she and her three siblings grew up.
During an enriching time at the University of New Brunswick’s Renaissance College, Bethany first became involved with the Nature Trust when her community problem-solving group was tasked with assisting the organization in engaging more young people in nature. After completing her degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Bethany was itching for the great outdoors and to get her hands dirty. She spent the better part of the next two years leading the survival skills program at the Tim Horton Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche, NS, learning about organic farming in Jemseg, NB, and later in British Columbia at Yarrow Ecovillage where she met her partner Michael.
She returned home in October 2014 to be closer to family and was thrilled to find a job with the Nature Trust where she worked first as Executive Assistant, supporting the team with funding application & report writing, then as Engagement Organizer, planning public events, and spreading the word about the Nature Trust and its many opportunities for volunteers, donors, and nature enthusiasts.
Bethany is now the Stewardship Manager, and is continually amazed by the incredible people she meets, including the directors, staff, land donors, and dedicated voluntary land stewards all working to conserve and steward some of the province’s most ecologically significant places.
Favourite nature preserve: Along with many others, South Wolf Island Nature Preserve is near the top of Bethany’s list. Home to a variety of seabirds and land birds, South Wolf Island is undeniably one of her favorites, especially with the best vantage point in the Bay of Fundy to watch the majestic whales.