About Us

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network (NLEN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose purpose is to carry out environmental education with the following objective:

to educate members of the public (including members of environmental and other non-profit organizations, students, policy makers, educators, professionals and the general public) through topics such as climate change, protected areas, biodiversity, sustainable forestry, sustainable fisheries, waste management, water conservation, pesticide use and sustainable development.

We do this through a number of activities including:

  1. Public Forums, Workshops & Events: The NLEN organizes public forums, workshops and events, usually in partnership with other organizations, to raise public awareness and education on environmental issues in our province.
  2. Educational materials: We work with our member groups to create education materials about environmental work in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  3. Participating in decisions that affect our environment: We respond to government calls for submissions on policy and legislation, and participate in multi-stakeholder consultations and initiatives.
  4. Working with our member groups to support their work through capacity building workshops, network facilitation, media support, and promotion.

Membership in the NLEN is open to non-profit organisations or associations based in Newfoundland and Labrador that hold environmental conservation and protection as an objective and who support the objective of the Network. Membership is not open to individuals, governments, political parties, for-profit enterprises or associations.  Membership is not open to multi-stakeholder groups who have representatives of for-profit corporations or government in their decisions-making body or governing body. Associations, agencies, individuals, for-profit businesses multi-stakeholder groups that do not meet the membership criteria and other groups that wish to support the activities of the Network may become Associates. New members are always welcome! Join here.

The NLEN is governed by a volunteer Steering Committee composed of 6-12 individuals who represent member organizations of the NLEN. The Steering Committee is selected at the NLEN’s Annual General Meeting by a vote of the membership. The NLEN bylaws outline the General Operating Procedures of the organization.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network was established in 1990 and maintained a office in Corner Brook through the 1990s. In 2003, the office was moved to St. John’s.


  • 2021 – Online, St. John’s
  • 2018 – The Lantern, St. John’s
  • 2017 – Fluvarium, St. John’s
  • 2016 – Fluvarium, St. John’s
  • 2015 – Botanical Garden’s, St. John’s
  • 2013 – Quidi Vidi Brewery, St. John’s
  • 2012 – The Rocket Room, St. John’s
  • 2011 – The Lantern, St. John’s
  • 2009 – Bonne Bay Marine Station
  • 2008 – Justina Centre, Outer Cove
  • 2007 – MUN Botanical Garden, St. John’s
  • 2006 – Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre, Salmonier Line
  • 2005 – Johnson Geo Centre, St. John’s
  • 2004 – Liens’ Family Farm, Portugal Cove