As life becomes more complicated and demanding, Nova Scotianshave more appreciation for those special places where they canenjoy life’s simpler pleasures. Those special wild places are also the focus — and the theme –of National Wildlife Week, April 10 to 16. “We are so lucky to have a province that offers something foreveryone,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources.”We have beaches, forests, wetlands and savannah. People cancamp, hike, picnic, swim or just perch on a hill and enjoy theview…there is something for everyone.” During the week, the Department of Natural Resources issponsoring a wildlife scavenger hunt on the Internet. Studentsfrom grades primary to six are invited to visit the departmentwebsite to explore the habitats and discover native wildlife.Participating classes can enter a draw to win one of thefollowing prizes: First prize — Members of the winning class will have theopportunity to visit a provincial park and discover the residentwildlife for themselves. Each student in the class (maximum of30) will choose between a family pass for a day at theShubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park or a one-night stay at anyprovincial park campground. Second prize — This winning class will be awarded a set of fourprovincial park posters for the class. Third prize — The winning class will receive a copy of DiscoverNova Scotia Wildlife Viewing Sites by Julie Towers and AnneCamozzi, and of 120 Common Inland Birds by Jeffrey C. Domm. The Department of Natural Resources has circulated more than1,000 teachers’ kits from the national program to all schools,libraries and individuals. National Wildlife Week is sponsored by the Canadian WildlifeFederation, a non-profit, non-government organization. The eventtakes place each year around April 10, which was the birthdate ofJack Miner, a pioneer in Canada’s conservation movement. The weekwas proclaimed in 1947 by Parliament to celebrate Canada’snatural heritage. More information is available on the Department of NaturalResources’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nww . The Department of Environment and Labour is also sponsoring aspecial photo contest for National Wildlife Week. Details areavailable at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .