Kristin Estabrooks spent her summer helping people appreciate nature – and, personally learned a thing or two about the town of Sackville, New Brunswick’s wildlife.
Thanks to funding from the CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the Sackville Waterfowl Park was able to hire Kristin and one other student to work as Guides/Interpreters.
“Being able to work outside daily, learn about the different birds in the park, and improve my birding skills has definitely increased my appreciation for nature,” says Kristin. “Working closely with other people who share similar interests and also have a strong appreciation for nature has had such a positive impact on me as well. Before this job I had very little knowledge when it came to birds in the park, but after this summer it is a hobby I hope to continue!”
“Being able to work outside daily, learn about the different birds in the park, and improve my birding skills has definitely increased my appreciation for nature” - Kristin Estabrooks, student
As part of her job, Kristin interpreted the Sackville Waterfowl Park and its flora and fauna, gave tours to the public and to school groups and camps, and assisted customers inside the Sackville Visitor Information Centre.
As she led tours with visitors around the park, she often spotted new birds and added them to the park’s updated list.
Kristin Estabrooks, student
“Taking a walk through the park usually led to another bird being spotted, or gave me the chance to help other patrons in the park identify a bird they spotted,” Kristin explains.
She also worked with young children in the park’s summer day camps – educating the next generation to appreciate and preserve nature. The Waterfowl Wednesdays day camp, which Kristin created, helped visitors and children connect with nature.
“Every Wednesday in the month of July, myself and the other guides worked with a group of kids, and taught them about the wildlife in the park and tried to foster a strong interest in and appreciation for nature,” she says. “Every week we had a strong turnout and lots of interest from the community, and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves!”
“Every week we had a strong turnout and lots of interest from the community, and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves!” - Kristin Estabrooks, student
Kristin adds that she also did research on different Wetlands preservation practices, and hopes to integrate some of these practices into future camps.
Ron Kelly Spurles, manager of Tourism and Business Development for the Town of Sackville, says that Kristin’s summer job helped visitors fully experience the Town of Sackville’s great outdoors.
“Kristin’s job gave visitors the opportunity to learn more about the park, and encouraged them spend time outdoors immersed in it,” says Ron. “Through speaking with visitors in our park, working with children in day camps, and interacting with tourists visiting our Centre, Kristin was able to promote the park and the outdoor experience to them.”
Kristin describes her summer work experience as both rewarding and educational. She has also had the opportunity to learn from experts in the area, as well as other nature enthusiasts, on flora and fauna. She also says the job was fun, and would apply for a similar job again.
“This job has allowed me to meet so many new people - it has been really fun to interact with tourists and other people visiting Sackville and the Waterfowl Park,” she says.
The CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative supports Goal 3 ‘Connecting People & Nature’ and Goal 5 ‘Recreation Capacity’ within the Framework for Recreation in Canada. The Framework serves as a foundation for the work of the parks and recreation sector.
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