NORA’s vision is to create a community in Prince George that cares for our diverse natural surroundings and is passionate about interacting with our environment. We inspire, facilitate and advocate this connection through educational and recreational experiences. We are working on creating a network of outdoor learning and nature interpretation centers that will provide a hub to connect the community with our natural surroundings.
We value our role in fostering individual, social and ecological wellbeing through connections to this region and place.
Three locations have been proposed for this educational network: Fort George Park, Cottonwood Island Park and Forests for the World.
Forests for the World
Forests for the World is a natural environment with a series of interconnected trails through a variety of forest habitats. The site is connected to UNBC, the Cranbrook Hill Greenway Trail and to other city trails through the UNBC Connector Trail System. The site has a rich natural environment that can be enjoyed through wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, skiing and fishing. However, this location is not centrally located and access can be challenging for some.
Fort George Park is a park with many activities and attractions for residents and visitors. The park is equipped with many amenities including picnic shelters, washrooms and a band shell. The Exploration Place, Native Cemetery and Little Prince Steam Engine are very popular attractions. Bird-watching in the Hudson’s Bay Slough is very popular and it is linked to the park with the Heritage River Trails.
Cottonwood Island Park
Cottonwood Island Park is a park located at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers. It is connected to Fort George Park through the Heritage River Trail. It has a valuable ecosystem of mature cottonwood trees, one of the few left in the city. While this area is an attractive and quiet place, it is continually eroded by river and annual flooding. This site is an essential place for First Nation traditional land use. The park has boat/canoe launches, picnic shelters and pit toilets. The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum and Spruce City Wildlife Association is nearby. A parcel of private land above the 200 year flood mark may provide an opportunity for a nature facility.