Guests at many of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Parks can learn more about the province’s diverse landscape, natural history, and culture through this year’s parks education program. “We encourage Nova Scotians and visitors to stay at our provincial parks and participate in programs that showcase our province’s natural environment,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “This is also a great chance to enjoy opportunities for outdoor recreation. We want to make sure that guests of our provincial parks have an unforgettable experience.” The purpose of the parks education program is to strengthen the connection between park visitors and their natural surroundings by raising awareness and appreciation of Nova Scotia’s natural environment. The program is meant to increase interest in environmental stewardship. This summer, parks education programs are planned for 16 camping parks throughout the province. Guests staying at provincial parks and members of surrounding communities can take part in a variety of programs related to natural resources and cultural history, outdoor skills and healthy pursuits. The programs include wildlife, geology, nature walks, hikes, stargazing, survival skills, Mi’kmaq and Gaelic culture, and geocaching. The following provincial camping parks will hold parks education programs: Amherst Shore, Caribou-Munroes Island, Dollar Lake, Five Islands, Porters Lake, Smileys, Blomidon, Ellenwood Lake, Graves Island, Rissers Beach, The Islands, Thomas Raddall, Valleyview, Battery, Mira, and Whycocomagh. Information on parks education programs including locations, dates and times for events, is available in the education events section at www.novascotiaparks.ca .