Provincial garden destinations, including MUN Botanical Garden, launch Garden NL Network

(The following is press release authored by the newly minted Garden NL Network.)
A group of garden destinations from across Newfoundland and Labrador has launched the province’s first network for garden-related tourism destinations, with the goal of raising the profile of gardens and garden experiences in the province.

Garden NL includes a dozen members, representing a myriad of garden experiences aimed at both residents and tourists alike. The partnership is expected to benefit all members, as they connect to address challenges, collaborate on opportunities, and, ultimately, increase visitors across the board.

The network has been formed as part of a national initiative for the Canadian Garden Council supporting local and regional networks of people who have an affiliation or interest in gardening. As one of the 10 national lead gardens, MUN Botanical Garden is well aware of both the wonderful plants and gardens this province has to offer, and the unique conditions of our tourism industry.

“We are thrilled to come together as a network to share and promote our beautiful gardens and by working collaboratively we hope to spread the word – there are a host of beautiful gardens to discover – each beautiful and unique that tell the special stories of our province,” Kim Shipp, Director, MUN Botanical Garden.

To celebrate the launch of the Network, Garden NL is inviting all members of the public to enter for a chance to win a package from Garden NL member, the Doctor’s House Inn and Spa. To enter, please visit: . The contest ends on August 1st.


For more information, please contact:

Kim Shipp, Director
MUN Botanical Garden
Phone: 864-3326 (or 330-3751)

ECT Birdwatching Hike with CPAWS-NL

Join CPAWS-NL for a walk along the East Coast Trail near St. John’s to view nesting seabirds. The hike will take place on Thursday July 20 at 2:00pm.

Meet at the Freshwater Bay trail parking lot on Blackhead Road just east of Shea Heights at 1:45. From there we will walk to Peggy’s Leg to view nesting seabirds. Total distance of hike (round trip) will be about 9km and should take 3-4 hours. Difficulty is moderate. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear and sufficient food and water.

For more information CPAWS-NL can be contacted at (709) 726-5800 or

Join the Blue Dot Movement as an organization!

The Blue Dot Movement is a movement for Environmental Rights in Canada initiated by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice in 2014. This nation-wide grassroots movement has led to over 140 municipalities making declarations for their citizens Right to a Healthy Environment, including Mount Pearl and St. John’s. Right now, a team of 40 volunteer ambassadors across the country are working with their local MPs to persuade them to support a Federal Environmental Bill of Rights, and the ultimate goal is to change the Charter to include this fundamental Human Right to clean air and water, safe food, and a stable climate.

Canada’s patchwork of environmental laws is simply not working to protect the people and places we love. Meanwhile, international examples demonstrate that countries with laws recognizing the right to a healthy environment perform better environmentally and economically than those that do not have them.

So what can you do?

1. Visit to sign the pledge and learn more, and like Newfoundland Blue Dot Movement on Facebook.

2. Have your organization sign a declaration of support for environmental rights. This is a simple but fantastic way to help us keep growing a large base of support. Please email Alex Hayward at if interested!

Charlie Horwood Memorial Lady Slipper Walk

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am-12pm

NatureNL has an annual short fieldtrip on Mount Scio to view the pink lady slipper orchids. Initially this walk was led by Charlie Horwood, a long-time natural historian and a founding member of NatureNL. Since his death, we have continued the traditional outing as the Charlie Horwood Memorial Lady Slipper Walk. While the re-growth and development of trails in the area have markedly reduced their numbers, we typically see several hundred blooms in the 75 minute easy walk. Due to the late spring we have scheduled the outing a week later than it traditionally would have been.

We will meet at the MUN Vivarium Parking Lot, off Mount Scio Road, opposite and a bit east of the MUN Botanical Garden entrance. Park in the paved lot off that roadway, on the right very near Mount Scio Road.

For more details, contact Allan Stein, or visit us at
Leader: Allan Stein | | (709)895-2056

Spring Plant Sale

June 10th, 10AM-Noon
MUN Botanical Garden

New and experienced gardeners are always welcome at the annual Spring Plant Sale organized by the Friends of MUN Botanical Garden (FOG) volunteers. A selection of locally grown perennials and shrubs are being offered from an outdoor venue located directly opposite the main gates of MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road. Experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and help identify plants suitable for your garden. Follow directional and parking signs and look for volunteer greeters wearing orange safety vests. For some plant varieties quantities are limited, so come early for best selection!

For additional information about this fundraising event please contact Tim Walsh, Nursery Manager, MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Road, St. John’s.
Phone: (709) 864-3585 Email:

Environmental Damages Fund

New funding announced for:
Québec / Newfoundland and Labrador

Application deadline: October 31, 2017
Location: Québec and Labrador
Funds available: $3,450,000
Use restriction: For investment in restoration, environmental quality improvement, or education and awareness activities in northern Québec and Labrador supporting the restoration of fish and fish habitat, with a preference for initiatives in the Bloom Lake – Caniapiscau River Watershed.  Please note: proposals must request a minimum EDF funding amount of $500,000.

For more information visit:

NatureTalks – St. Johns

Facebook event: NatureTalks – St. Johns

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) NatureTalks speaker series is visiting St. John’s for the first time in its five-year history, on June 8th, 2017 at Memorial University.

NatureTalks is a thought-provoking evening of discussion. Join us as a panel of experts expand our views of Canada’s nature as a resource, an inspiration and a place that sustains life.

Event speakers:

-Karen Clarke-Whistler: Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group
-Dan Kraus: National Conservation Biologist, NCC
-Lori McCarthy: Owner/Operator, Cod Sound
-Richard Louv (video): Author, Last Child in the Woods, Vitamin N
-More speakers to be announced!

Moderated by:
Jane Gilbert: Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, NCC

More information:
Price: $10 per ticket OR $15 for two tickets
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, MUN – St. John’s Campus, 230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John’s, NL
Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m., event begins at 7:00 p.m

Questions? Email or call 1-800-465-8005

Nature NL May Public Talk: “Connecting New Canadians and Nature” by Liz Andres

May 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Science Building, Room 2105, MUN campus

Elizabeth (Liz) Andres will talk about our project, “Connecting New Canadians and Nature”. NatureNL secured funding for this pilot project and Liz served as the project coordinator. We collaborated with the Association for New Canadians and the Grand Concourse Authority to plan, carry out, and evaluate activities tailored specifically for newcomers to the province. Liz will provide an overview of the project, a comprehensive evaluation of the project, and will discuss the future of similar programming in St. John’s.

Elizabeth Andres is a passionate conservationist with an interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management. She received her M.Sc. in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State, where she approached research on resource access and community participation from a systems perspective. Elizabeth currently works as a research assistant in MUN’s Department of Sociology, and continues to seek out opportunities to utilize social science to better understand people and their connection to the environment.