Morton Centre

Earth Adventure Camps and Family Events at the Morton Centre 2017

Coastal Action is excited to announce the programs we are offering at the Morton Centre for the 2017 summer season! Please head to the Programs page to find out more about each of our programs. Don't hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator, Clare (clare@coastalaction.org or education@coastalaction.org), with any of your questions.

Morton Environmental Education Programs

The Morton Centre Environmental Education Programs offer environmentally-themed programs to engage and educate local children and youth. All of the programs take place outdoors and are designed to provide participants with opportunities to enjoy experiential learning, science, discovery, and being active in nature. Each day includes age-appropriate games, stories, creative projects, exploration, and physical activity, as well as hands-on learning related to the theme of the program. Providing opportunities for leadership is the focus for our youth programs.

A team from Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation develops, manages, administers, coordinates, and facilitates the programs. The site location is The Morton Centre, a beautiful 99-acre property on Heckman’s Island, Lunenburg County.

About the Morton Centre

Morton Centre CottageThe Morton Centre is located on Heckman's Island, near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Originally an active farm, the 99-acre property is comprised of secondary-growth mixed coniferous and deciduous forest, two large hay fields, fresh water ponds, a salt marsh, and nearly two kilometers of shoreline. There is a cottage, with amenities to accommodate summer staff and retreat visitors. There are a variety of outbuildings, as well as a 17-foot yurt which provides further programming space in the summer months. A network of trails run across the property.

The Morton Centre was gifted to Acadia University by Dr. Harry and Rachel Morton in 1995. Their wish was to see the property protected and used for environmental research and education. Since then, the Centre has been used primarily as a field station for Acadia student research. Recently Acadia has shifted the purpose of this site to become a place for public environmental education, as well as a professional retreat centre for Acadia faculty and affiliates.

Acadia University received funding from Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. to provide environmental education programs at the Morton Centre, and in an effort to build its capacity in program delivery, Acadia partnered with a local environmental organization, the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation.

Bluenose Coastal Action sourced additional funds and hired staff to develop, coordinate, and run the programs. In 2013, the first programs were offered: a grade 4 day program (“Cycle Savers”), two summer day camps (“Pirates’ Cove” and “Eco Scientists”), a 2-day high school leadership program (“TIME”), and two class visits. By all accounts, each of the 2013 programs was a success! The feedback from participants, teachers, and parents was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. Now, in 2017, we continue to work to expand and improve the programs available to children, youth, and families on the South Shore and build upon the successes of previous years. 

Summer 2016 marked Coastal Action's fourth year of providing fun and engaging activities for the public at the Morton Centre on Heckman’s Island. Coastal Action delivered several environmentally-themed programs at the Morton Centre to engage and educate local children, youth, and families. Read all about it in the 2016 Morton Centre Report