Adventure Earth Centre
Since 1981, the HRM Adventure Earth Centre has engaged more than 60,000 young people in award-winning, experiential programs at the cutting edge of environmental education, youth leadership and outdoor recreation in Canada. Each year, more than 2500 children and 200 youth leaders participate in experiential programs of a day or more. In 2003, the HRM Adventure Earth Centre received the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association national award for long-term excellence in service (based on a 20 year period) and the Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network award for excellence in environmental education by a government organization. In 2010 the Adventure Earth Centre received the HRM CAO Corporate Award of Excellence and the Director’s Award of Excellence in the Spirit category.
Appreciating, understanding and caring for ourselves, each other and the earth are basic skills as we move into the 21st century. The Adventure Earth Centre takes a positive, values-building approach to developing a rewarding and healthy lifestyle. Our programs use exciting, active experiences in the natural world that are filled with magic and adventure as the foundation for developing appreciation, understanding, and caring. These experiences then become a springboard for focused activities and reflection back at home and school in which young people begin making concrete changes in their lifestyles. This approach is based on the work of the Institute for Earth Education, a non-profit educational organization working across the globe.
Hands-on leadership opportunities for young people are a key element of everything we do and create powerful experiential opportunities for young people to strengthen their personal leadership and gain confidence and skills.
This is how we work…
Professional staff facilitate each program with clear policies and procedures for risk management and safety, with the first priority on the health and well being of the young people. The foundation is passionate, qualified and well-trained leaders, many of whom have come up through these programs as participants.
- Fun and Exploration in Nature:
Whether it is the magic of the Milky Way, the wonder of a butterfly, the adventure in a tiny cave, or the beauty of a sunset, fun, appreciation and exploration in the natural world are non-negotiable.
- Making a Difference:
We gain confidence through making a meaningful contribution to each other and the earth, and there is so much that needs to be done to create a sustainable and just world. Change begins with each of us recognizing and living our own values in healthy ways.
- Unforgettable Adventures:
Adventure may be found in a magical story, a dramatic mission, the challenge of reaching out to another, or the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs. We discover it in many ways.
- Creating Community:
Healthy relationships are a prerequisite to a healthy and fulfilling world, and we work in so many ways to create communities of young people who find friendship and support in each other.
- Personal Discovery:
Growth is about the discovery of who we in relation to the world around us. Each experience builds in opportunities for discovery and reflection, whether it is to be found in nature, in our own feelings and ideas, or in the new perspectives of others.
- Teaching Ecological Wisdom:
A healthy life and a healthy planet require that we understand the basic ecological principles that govern our ecosystems. Each program finds ways to communicate some of this wisdom.
- Developing Leadership Skills:
Whether it be leading a fulfilling life, leading others, or leading for social change, each experience develops age-appropriate skills that help young people to make a difference.
The Adventure Earth Centre facility is presently located at the Fleming Park (Dingle) on the Northwest Arm in Halifax although programs are run in a variety of locales across HRM. The aim is to develop a new residential facility for the Adventure Earth Centre over the next few years that will provide a model of environmental design while having the capacity to run the range of environmental and youth leadership programs at one site.
The AEC Team
A wide range of passionate and committed staff members and volunteers, from thirteen to thirty, make the programs special.
- Terri Peace and Sarah Coley are the programmers for the Adventure Earth Centre.
- Dr. Alan Warner teaches in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Community Development at Acadia University provides on-going assistance with program development and training.
HRM Adventure Earth Center
68 Parkhill Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3P 1R6Tel: (902) 490-4539
Fax: (902) 490-4509