Intermediate Wildlife Conservation



  • July 27-30
  • 4 days, staying in cabins overnight
  • Bon Portage Island (the Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station in Biology)
  • 12 seats
  • Pay-what-you-can
  • Drop-off/pick-up times and locations to be determined
  • No prior knowledge needed
Bon Portage Island (also known as Outer Island) is located 20 minutes south of Barrington.


  • Taking a boat, we’ll travel 3 km to and from Bon Portage Island off of the Shag Harbour wharf
  • Assisting female biologists from Acadia University with their Leach’s storm petrel (a small grey seabird) conservation research, we’ll help “grub” the adult and petrel chicks from theirs nests to take different measurements of their health and growth
  • Doing a marine pollution workshop, we’ll learn about how pollution affects marine animals, and how we can reduce our consumption of single-use plastics
  • Collecting plastic waste that has washed ashore on the Island, we’ll do a chemistry experiment
  • Setting fish traps in the Island’s saltwater ponds, we’ll collect and measure the small fish and learn about basic data collection
  • Coding on computers, we’ll learn how to make graphs that visualize wildlife data
  • Hiking across the Island, we’ll learn about edible plants and the Island’s biodiversity
  • Learning about careers in wildlife conservation and what it’s like to study wildlife conservation at college and university
  • And more!


This program is open to girls and under-represented genders ages 12-15 who live in the Maritime provinces (NB, NS, PEI). Participants from other areas are welcome to apply for our wait list.

How To Apply

Participants must be nominated by an adult that knows them well, including parents/guardians, by May 1st.

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