We offer science and nature exploration programs for girls and under-represented genders (“girls+”) that range in length from day-long to multi-day, overnight experiences.
Our programs feature hands-on, experiential learning in primarily outdoor settings, and explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects through activities centred around marine biology and wildlife conservation, environmental science and sustainability, and data science and coding.
Our programs are inclusive, safe, and fun environments that are led by women in science!
To achieve our mission of encouraging disadvantaged and underrepresented girls to pursue STEM careers and become environmental leaders in their own communities, our programs are highly subsidized and offered either at a free or pay-what-you-can rate.
We welcome girls and gender minorities into 3 program options:
- Junior (ages 9-12)
- Intermediate (ages 12-15)
- Advanced (ages 15-18)
Plus, our earn-your-way-back initiative encourages participants to complete a STEM or environmental leadership activity in their school or community to be able to return for another of our programs!
Our 🇨🇦 Canadian 🇨🇦 programs are currently offered in 7 communities across Nova Scotia: Bon Portage Island, Halifax, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Lunenburg, Digby, Windsor, and Wolfville. We also have our first program in New Brunswick at Fundy National Park! However, we’re always looking to expand our reach to new communities, and welcome potential collaborators or sponsors!
The bulk of our programs take place during the summer, and run from June to September every year. So how can you take part? Participants must be nominated for our summer programs by an adult that knows them well, and preference is given to girls+ who come from financially underprivileged backgrounds and/or underrepresented ethnic backgrounds (African-Canadian, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina).
New this year, we are offering Fall Field Trips, which are day long programs that prioritize hands-on learning without the time commitment of an overnight program. Unlike our summer programs, participants do not need to be nominated. Registration is first come, first served, and can be completed on the program’s Eventbrite page.
We also offer in person Data Science and Coding Workshops in the spring and fall, led by our Terranaut Club president and resident coding expert Danielle Quinn.
Looking for an online event? Check out our Guest Speaker Series! We believe it’s critically important for girls+ to see themselves represented in STEM careers, so we developed this Guest Speaker Series to offer our participants more (virtual) face time with women in these fields. These events are open to girls+ who live in Atlantic Canada or Florida and meet the event’s suggested age range. These free events take place throughout the year, are held on Zoom, and are 1 hour.