We are a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals from all around the province who specialize in outdoor education, nature education, and environmental education.


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Aster Group: Environmental Services Cooperative

Roland Chiasson is a working member of the Aster Group, a N.B. cooperative that works on environmental solutions. He has worked with Parks Canada, as a nature interpreter, and has also taught English and Science classes to high school students. He also worked with Nature NB, as a Conservation Biologist and was also the former education manager for Cape Jourimain Nature Centre. "Resources for Rethinking", a web-based source for environmental curriculum materials, has used his skills to review and add to their many educational activities. Roland is always enthralled with the natural sights and sounds during his woodland wanderings.





Melissa HeadshotMelissa Fulton
Nature NB
Melissa Fulton is the Programs Coordinator for Nature NB. Melissa has over 9 years experience in outdoor nature education in New Brunswick. Her areas of expertise are nature interpretation, pollination, and ecology, with a special fondness for insects. Melissa loves to go outside for the fresh air, exercise, and a sense of calmness that only nature can provide.




Charlotte headshotCharlotte Flores
Falls Brook Centre

Charlotte Flores is the education coordinator for Falls Brook Centre. Returning to New Brunswick to raise her family she is excited to share her passion for the outdoors with students. She loves teaching about bats, and getting students into the garden. She has her Masters degree in Education from the University of Connecticut and 9 years of teaching experience.







Emma headshotEmma McIntyre

Nature NB

Emma is the Education Coordinator at Nature NB. Her love of learning drew her to the world of research, where she completed a Masters Degree in behavioural ecology and conservation biology. She spent many wonderful hours watching songbirds build nests and raise young, trying to understand how our changing environment affects how birds communicate. Now, Emma loves encouraging others to pursue their own discovery of nature, asking questions and solving puzzles to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the things we interact with. She is excited to help teachers create meaningful experiences for their students, using nature as their guide! 





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Danielle Smith (on leave)
Sustainability UNB

Danielle Smith is the Sustainability Coordinator with the UNB Sustainability Program.  She brings a wide range of knowledge on Monarchs, Bird Identification, Wildlife Ecology, Forest Ecology, Sustainability, NB Wildlife, Wildlife Adaptations, Wildlife Friendly Gardening, Pollinators and Composting.  Nature allows her to always be learning.  It is so vast and changing that she is always discovering new and wonderful things.






ReimerJ BioPhoto1Julie Reimer - Trainee
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Julie Reimer, a Frederictonian who has recently returned to New Brunswick, is an Education Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and a Master of Marine Management. Her research has spanned the topics of land-based aquaculture, baleen whale conservation, and industry receptiveness to conservation technology. Julie is passionate about educating the leaders of tomorrow on Canada’s diverse ecosystems, and encouraging stewardship through everyday action. She has specialized in marine conservation, and is particularly fond of whales, but she is most committed to education via outdoor, hands-on experience.

IMG 7523CROPNadine Ives
Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Nadine has lived in New Brunswick for over 23 years. She works for Conservation Council of New Brunswick as coordinator of the Learning Outside project. Nadine has a PhD in hardwood tree ecology and has been involved in nature education in various forms for over 20 years (from school visits and nature walks to university teaching).  Her areas of expertise include outdoor nature education, general ecology, plant ecology, native plants, invasive species, climate change, wildlife friendly gardening, and phenology. Nadine heads outside to feel grounded, refreshed and re-energized, and to see what her non-human neighbours are up to.


Serge LaRochelle photoSerge LaRochelle
Groupe de développement durable du pays de Cocagne

Serge LaRochelle is from Saint-Boniface in Manitoba and now lives in Cocagne, New Brunswick. Serge works for the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group on ecological restoration and biodiversity projects. He completed a Masters program in Natural Resources Management at the University of Manitoba. He is interested in ecological gardening, composting, tree planting and establishing natural spaces. Serge recognizes the learning opportunities that arise when youth go out of the classroom to discover nature around the school yard.


Ian 2016Ian Smith
Parks Canada

Ian Smith is a Parks NB Program Manager, Grandfather, Outdoor Educator, Outward Bound Canada Instructor. He loves sharing nature with “soft-shelled turtles”.


Spotlight

Blog

New NBEN Logo!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
A new logo for the NBEN was launched at the Eco-Confluence gathering last weekend!
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The violet, as New Brunswick’s provincial flower, represents the province and its environment.  The centre is the network which brings us all together.

The logo was designed by Annika Chiasson, the NBEN’s Communications Coordinator and talented graphic designer.

Community Group Recognized for Environmental Work

Monday, 30 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, an environmental award was presented to New Brunswick citizens in honour of exemplary service to their community.

The Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association was honoured with the Phoenix Award “in recognition of their unfaltering and ultimately successful commitment to defending their community and home from the threat of heavy industrial development.” The Phoenix Award is dedicated annually to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to policies and legislation and have been through “the fire”.

The tank farm and marine export terminal for the Energy East pipeline were slated to be built in Red Head, in East Saint John. Concern over the environmental impact of this project to their home community and communities across the country and around the Bay of Fundy caused local residents to organize against the Energy East pipeline. Due to their efforts, alongside those of many along the entire route of the proposed pipeline, the Energy East proposal was withdrawn by TransCanada earlier this month.

Raissa Marks, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Environmental Network, praised the efforts of the Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association. “They impressed many in the environmental movement and beyond. They showed that dedicated, hard-working citizens can stand up to big industry, build broad alliances, and come out of a big challenge stronger and more united. Red Head residents were at ‘the end of the line’, and showed that, regardless of where you are located, standing up matters.”

The award was presented during the New Brunswick Environmental Network’s annual meeting, Eco-Confluence, which was held in Fredericton over the weekend. Each year, significant efforts by citizens and citizen groups toward the protection and restoration of New Brunswick’s environment are recognized at a special awards ceremony.

The New Brunswick Environmental Network is a non-profit communications network of over 100 citizens’ environmental groups from across the province. The goal of the Network is to encourage communication and collaboration among groups and between groups, government and other sectors.

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Gordon Dalzell, Citizens Coalition for Clean Air, presenting the 2017 Phoenix Award to Lynaya Astephen, Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association.  Photo Credit: Pascale Ouellette

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Action Alerts

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.

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