Nova Scotia Outdoor Network

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*NEW* Story Sharing Blog Series:

As part of our work to connect the outdoor sector in Nova Scotia, we are collecting stories and data to both highlight and celebrate the work happening in the sector. Our aim with communicating these stories is to share the impact of the outdoor projects and initiatives, to help amplify the good work taking place, and to allow these stories to educate and inform other practitioners. If you have a story to share please contact us.

What the Outdoor Network Does

The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network, a project of Recreation Nova Scotia, is a coalition of the NS outdoor sector which will strengthen and support the outdoor community in our province through communication, sharing, collaboration and celebration. Its vision is an outdoor community meaningfully connected to one another, to resources and to learning and stewardship opportunities. Ultimately, the Outdoor Network aims to encourage Nova Scotians to get outside more often and participate in low-impact, nature-based activities.Its strategic directions include:

  1. Capacity Building
  2. Communications
  3. Skill Building, Leadership and Education
  4. Professional Networking and Development
  5. Research and Evaluation
  6. Advocacy

Download the  pdf Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Strategic Plan (8.45 MB)

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What we've been working on: Theory of Change

In June of 2020 we gathered thoughts and ideas, along with other information as part of our strategic planning, and used that information to develop a Theory of Change model to help guide the work of the Nova Scotia Outdoor Network (NSON) leadership team.

Please take a look at what we developed: 

NSON TOC View now

Feel free to provide any feedback or comments you have to: .

Key Priorities for 2021-22

  • Annual Summit (Atlantic Outdoor Forum coming in 2022)
  • Networking and development opportunities for practitioners 
  • Communications (including e-newsletter and social media)

Want to learn more? E-mail

Who Leads the Outdoor Network?

The Outdoor Network Leadership Team (NSON LT) – acts as a governance and sub operations committee of Recreation Nova Scotia, and oversees the Outdoor Network. The NSON LT is made up of outdoor professionals from across the province.

Current Members of the NSON LT include:

  • Janet Barlow (Chair) - Hike Nova Scotia
  • Sandra Fraser - Province of Nova Scotia - Department of Lands & Forestry
  • Britt Vegsund - Municipality of the District of Lunenburg & RNS Board Member
  • Jordan Smith – Glooscap First Nation
  • Jillian Griffin - Province of Nova Scotia (Regional Physical Activity Consultant)
  • Anjeanette LeMay - Outdoor Education & Training Professional

With staff support from:

Graham Mounsey- Recreation Nova Scotia
Jacqualine Sommerfeld- Recreation Nova Scotia
Recreation Consultant - Province of Nova Scotia (POSITION VACANT)

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  • Learn about or submit upcoming events
  • Connect with us on our social media channels