WBFN has operated a number of different education programs over the years to foster the interests of young people in the natural world and enhance their knowledge of the environment. In December 2003 the WBFN Executive enacted a program whereby local Port Hope and Cobourg elementary and secondary schools could apply for up to $250 for a nature-based project. Important changes were made in 2008 expanding our range of schools to include all of Northumberland County and increasing the number of $250 awards to three from two.
Deadline For Application: January 31, 2017
Application forms for this year's award program can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Willow Beach Field Naturalists Education Award Winners 2016
- Cobourg Collegiate Institute was awarded funds to support a Learning and Life Skills class growing pollinator plants in the greenhouse, producing educational material about pollinators and building solitary bee structures.
- Northumberland Christian School in Cobourg is creating an outdoor theatre space, classroom and aboriginal awareness location. The planting of the area will be based on the Black Oak Savannah habitat that is native to the Rice Lake Plains area.
- East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton is using funds to secure a keynote speaker for National Aboriginal Awareness Week, who will inform students about the traditional connection to the land, waterfowl and animals through dance in song.
The presentation to Cobourg Collegiate Institute was made by WBFN Member Gina Brouwer to Learning and Life Skills teacher Carolyn Oster, and students.
The presentation to Northumberland Christian School was made by WBFN Member Gina Brouwer to Wilma Van Barneveld, Administrative Assistant, and students.
The presentation to East Northumberland Secondary School was made by WBFN President Brian Maxwell to student Liam Liggins and teachers Debbie Kilmer and Pamela Vanderburg. Photo © John Campbell