Volunteering at Keji

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Friends of Keji

The Friends of Keji Cooperating Association is made up of a knowledgeable pool of people willing to share their expertise for the betterment of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.  We provide an important voice of support, with hands-on and financial assistance for complementary services and activities to visitors. 

Historic Site

“...the cultural landscape of Kejimkujik National Park, which attests to 4000 years of Mi’kmaq occupancy of this area, and which includes petroglyph sites, habitation sites, fishing sites, hunting territories, travel routes and burials, is of national historic significance...”

Species at Risk

The Adopt-A-Turtle program, which is administered through the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association, has 10 turtles available for adoption (males and females) at a cost of $33 for individuals, schools and businesses.

Dark Sky Preserve

Kejimkujik invites you to experience the astronomical depth of its Dark-Sky Preserve. Gaze at brilliant celestial bodies through a telescope, binoculars, or with the naked eye. Go deeper to discover how stars have inspired centuries of story, song and legend. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s darkest sky - and brightest stars

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Volunteer Opportunties at Kejimkujik

"Volunteers are our partners in a vision! Lend your hand to protection and recovery efforts and accept our nature conservation challenges in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. Nature's bounty and the great spirit of our people will amaze you. Each year our volunteers contribute thousands of hours to a great variety of projects. Coming from all ages and backgrounds, from communities throughout Nova Scotia, volunteers are helping push the boundaries of nature conservation"

 Friends of Keji Volunteer Walk of Honour -- Trail to Success

What’s in a number?

In 2012, volunteers gathered to celebrate the more than 13,000 volunteer hours they contributed to conservation and restoration projects in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. The volunteer program, which is a collaboration of Parks Canada, the Friends of Keji, the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Bird Studies Canada and Acadia University, is truly unique. It facilitates opportunities for people to contribute in meaningful ways, while providing exclusive experiences

Thirteen thousand is a big number...so what’s in a number anyway?

Group photo of 107 volunteers
107. The number of volunteers who gathered to celebrate all the great efforts from this year at an annual volunteer celebration last week (photo by Steve Mockford).

250. The number of kilometres of shoreline surveyed for Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora in southern Nova Scotia.

25. The number of lakes monitored for loons as part of the LoonWatch program in Southern Nova Scotia.

1300. The number of hours Campground Hosts spent talking to visitors in Kejimkujik’s campground.

133. The number of American Eels live trapped in Kejimkujik as part of a population assessment.

1 Million. The number of green crabs removed over three years as part of the Coastal Restoration Project in Kejimkujik Seaside. Volunteers also helped restore the eel grass population through planting in the lagoon.

46. The number of piping plover fledglings monitored on the beaches of Southern Nova Scotia. Volunteers also helped restore nesting habitat in Kejimkujik.

51. The number of Blanding’s Turtle nests protected in the three Nova Scotia populations by volunteers and community members.

710. The number of Brook Trout tagged this year as part of the trout monitoring program in Kejimkujik.

270. The number of Blanding’s Turtle hatchlings released this year, some of which were tracked.

1,000. The number of members of the Monarch Butterfly club who plant and maintain chemical-free gardens. Club member Colin with a butterfly that emerged from his garden.


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