Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Girl Guides Lend a Hand to Help Protect The Park

Sarah MacDonald and Alyssa Laughlin, 1st Summerside Pathfinders
© Parks Canada

Island Girl Guides will be lending a hand to help protect Prince Edward Island National Park by planting marram grass on the fragile coastal dunes on Saturday, October 6th as part of the Girl Guides of Canada – PEI Council provincial challenge: Species at Risk and Protected Places being held in collaboration with Parks Canada.

Through this activity, the Girl Guides will be helping to prevent sand dune erosion: marram grass anchors sand dunes as its roots and rhizomes from a living net under the surface of the sand which helps to trap sand. Without marram grass, exposed sand is blown away, creating giant holes unable to support vegetation or wildlife.

The Girl Guides will undertake this hands-on activity as one of the three components for completing the Species at Risk and Protected Places challenge. Parks Canada values the opportunity to connect with Island youth in their communities and at Prince Edward Island National Park so that the next generation of leaders will know, understand and support their natural heritage.

For information on the Species at Risk and Protected Places provincial challenge visit www.girlguides.pe.ca and click on “challenge.”

For more information about Parks Canada on PEI, call us at (902) 566-7050, or visit us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/PEInationalpark and be sure to “Like” us! In 2012, Prince Edward Island National Park is celebrating 75 years of natural and cultural heritage protection.