Thinking Outside: the Learn-to Camp Podcast

Learn-to Camp Halifax & Friends of Keji

Parks Canada and Friends of Keji are proud to present Thinking Outside: the Learn-to Camp Podcast. COVID-19 may have interrupted our plans to join you outside this summer, but we've made it our mission to bring camping and the outdoors to you. Join us around our digital campfire as we feature tales from some of Nova Scotia's best storytellers, adventurers, and interpreters about what makes camping so important. Learn about how camping can improve your mental health, what camping is like for new Canadians, and more! The s'mores are almost ready, so come in and take your place around the fire!

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For our final episode of the summer, we spoke with a guest who really knows what the Learn-to Camp program is all about. Noor Hussain came to Canada with her family from Pakistan in 2007, and got her first taste of what camping was all about as a participant at a Parks Canada event in Toronto. Now that she's in University, she's the one leading the programs as a member of the  Learn-to Camp team member at Rouge National Urban Park. Come listen to what it's like to go on a camping trip for the first time, teach new Canadians and young families how to camp, and fall in love with nature (and kayaking).  Thank you, Noor, for speaking with us and sharing your passion! This podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji. Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our promotions extraordinaire is Kashish Makhija.  Many thanks to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here.

Aug 2020

24 min 32 sec

In this week’s episode, we talk with Demiesha Dennis, creator of @BrownGirlOutdoorWorld. Demiesha has been an adventurer all her life, and loves showing people how they can have outdoor adventures too. Since moving to Canada, she has found a passion for making outdoor recreation more accessible for the BIPOC community. Listen in as our Co-Host Sophie Nicholson and Demiesha talk about birding, fly fishing, and why getting outside is so important. A big thank you to our guest Demiesha Dennis. The podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji. Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our promotions extraordinaire is Kashish Makhija.  Many thanks to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here.

Aug 2020

20 min 23 sec

Let’s take a second to stop and check in -- how are you doing? In this episode of Thinking Outside we’re talking out the connections between nature and mental health. You’ll hear from Jan LaPierre from A for Adventure talking about his previous work as a recreation therapist and why it is so important to get outside; Alexi Rodriguez, the founder of Different Strokes Paddle Program who talks with us about how he got involved in the kayaking community and why he’s working to break down barriers in Nova Scotia; and Mira Dietz-Chiasson, an interpreter at Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick about her memories as a child and how she works to share the outdoors with others. Join us as we explore finding peace in nature. Many thanks to our guests. You can find more information about Friends of Keji here, Different Strokes Paddle Program here, and A for Adventure here. The podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji. Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our promotions extraordinaire is Kashish Makhija. Lastly, thank you to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here.

Aug 2020

27 min 1 sec

TÉMOIGNAGE.  Objectif: rapprocher les gens à la nature et au camping. Julie Lefebvre nous racontes les débuts de l’Initiation au Camping, qui s’est rapidement développé en programme dynamique qui résonne à travers du pays  . De plus, nous explorerons comment son influence a réussis à marquer une vaste multitude d’individus. CRÉDITS : Thinking Outside est un podcast co-produit par Friends of Keji et Parcs Canada.  Productrice : Katelyn MacFadyen.  Réalisation et mixage : Adrien Boudreau. Chargé de production : Aaron Shenkman. Chef de la promotion : Kashish Makhija.  Animateur.ice : Alexander Johnson et Sophie Nicholson. Nous voulons aussi remercier le reste de l’équipe d’Initiation au Camping à Halifax: Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson et Caroline Hill. Soyez à l’écoute pour plus d’informations sur leur série vidéo qu’ils publierons plus tard cet été. Vous trouverez davantage d'information  sur les fichiers audio ici.

Aug 2020

14 min 1 sec

Brought to you by @FriendsofKeji, this week’s episode features Steve Burroughs, who played a key role in turning the Learn-to Camp program into what it is today. Over the past decade, the program Learn-to Camp has changed a lot with the goal of reaching as many Canadians as possible! Listen in to hear how Parks Canada created the program, what Learn-to Camp’s impact has been nation-wide, and where you can find the best stories --  the campfire of course! Many thanks to our guest Steve Bourroughs. The podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji. Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our promotions extraordinaire is Kashish Makhija.  Many thanks to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here.

Aug 2020

16 min 47 sec

Maybe we’re not turtles, but we still have a place in nature. In the second episode of Thinking Outside, we explore our relationship with nature and the responsibility that comes with it. Listen in to hear Rose Meuse and Cedar Meuse-Waterman share how much meaning is wrapped up in a single Mi’kmaw word -- Pjila’si. This word in Mi’kmaw has a lot to teach us about our place in the world -- everyone can learn from it. You’ll also hear from Jennie Eaton, the Volunteer Coordinator at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, who tells us about the deep connection volunteers have with the park; Norm Greene, the co-founder of Friends of Keji, who talks about his time spent working to save the Blanding’s turtle from extinction; and Alex Cole, co-owner of Little Foot Yurts, who talks about sustainable building practices and the simple solution of Leave No Trace. Join us as we explore our place in the outdoors. Many thanks to our guests. You can find more information about Friends of Keji here and Little Foot Yurts here. For more information about the Kejimkujik petroglyphs, check out Images on Stone. The podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji. Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our promotions extraordinaire is Kashish Makhija. Many thanks to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here.

Jul 2020

22 min 41 sec

In Thinking Outside's first ever episode, we're exploring why camping is important. Listen in to hear from Sarah Griffin, who led a group of students as young as 12 years old on a ~50 km hiking trip; George Woodhouse, whose Grade 4 camping changed his life; and Chris Surette, who loves showing others the things that made him fall in love with nature. We hope that these stories encourage you to pitch a tent in your backyard, take someone who's never gone camping before out into the woods, or explore your nearest Provincial or National Park.  Many thanks to our guests. You can find more information about St George's YouthNet here and A for Adventure here. For more information about the history of Africville, visit the Canadian Musuem of Human Rights' website.  The podcast has been brought to you by Parks Canada and Friends of Keji.  Our hosts are Sophie Nicholson and Alexander Johnson; our audio editor is Adrien Boudreau; our senior producer is Katelyn MacFadyen; our executive producer is Aaron Shenkman; our newest team member is Kashish Makhija.  Many thanks to the rest of the Halifax Learn-to Camp team, Chris Broom, Brenna Bagnell, Emma Robertson, and Caroline Hill. Stay tuned for more information about the video series they'll be releasing later this summer. Information about our audio files can be found here. 

Jul 2020

22 min 15 sec

Parks Canada's Halifax Learn-to Camp team and Friends of Keji are proud to present Thinking Outside: the Learn-to Camp Podcast. Since we can't join you outside this summer, we're decided to collect as many inspiring stories about camping as can to share with you. This summer you'll hear about how camping can improve your mental health, what camping is like for new Canadians,  why camping is important, and much more. Episode one releases July 10th wherever you get your podcast.  So come take your place by the fire and join us for a s'more and some stories. 

Jul 2020

1 min 39 sec