2021 WBFN Education / Scholarship Awards

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2019 WBFN Scholarship Awards

Emma Zoldy Receives WBFN Scholarship Award

Karen Drew presents scholarship award to Emma Zoldy

Karen Drew presented Emma Zoldy with a $ 1000.00 scholarship from Willow Beach Field Naturalists at the annual awards presentation at Cobourg Collegiate Institute on June 26, 2019. Emma has served on the C.C.I. Environment Club for four years and has been active in many school and community environmental activities . In 2016 and 2017 Emma attended the Ontario Nature Youth Summit in Orillia as well as being a member of C.C.I’s Student Council. She is currently a member of Sustainable Cobourg and has received this year’s Distinguished Award for the Environment at the Town of Cobourg Civic Awards. She plans to attend Queens University this year to study kinesiology.

Thomas Burgess Receives WBFN Scholarship Award

Frank Godfrey presents scholarship award to Thomas Burgess

Frank Godfrey presented a $1000.00 scholarship award on behalf of Willow Beach Field Naturalists to Thomas Burgess at the awards ceremony for the graduating class of St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Thomas earned high honours in each of his four years at SMCSS. He received the Award of Excellence in the school’s “AAA Achievement Award” level, as well as achieving Bronze, Silver, and Gold in the international “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program”. Thomas will be studying Conservation Biology at Trent University. 

2019 WBFN Education Awards

WBFN has operated a number of different education award 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.

Successful Award Recipients since 2009

Year Schools Where Funds Used
2009 Plainville PS Bird house building workshop
2009 Notre Dame CES, Cobourg Vegetable garden
2009 Camborne PS Scientists in School program
2010 St. Mary’s CES, Campbellford Reusable stainless water bottles
2010 Plainville PS Naturalization of area adjacent school
2010 Notre Dame CES, Cobourg Incubator to hatch chicks
2011 Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre and Alderville Black Oak Savanna Education program Education programs
2012 Plainville PS tree
2013 CDCI East High School Environment Club – composting bins, field trip
2014 Dale Road Senior PS Naturalization of yard
2014 CR Gummow PS Naturalization of yard
2014 CDCI East High School Water bottle refill centre
2015 Grafton PS Grace Bowen memorial garden
2016 Cobourg Collegiate Institute HS Learning and Life Skills class program on pollinators
2016 East Northumberland Secondary School Keynote speaker for Aboriginal Awareness program
2016 Northumberland Christian School Outdoor theatre space, classroom and aboriginal awareness location
2017 Spring Valley PS Butterfly garden
2017 Roseneath Centennial PS Outdoor education space with bird feeders and seed
2017 CR Gummow PS Monarch waystation
2018 Port Hope HS Bee Friendly project
2018 St. Mary Grafton Catholic Elementary Butterfly, frog and bee houses
2018 Northumberland Montessori school Native plant garden

Education Awards Report Archive

  • 2019
    • Cobourg Collegiate Institute: Designing and building recycle bins, education and follow-up waste audit
    • Stockdale Public School: ‘Greening Our School Grounds’ with a living willow play structure
    • Northumberland Christian School: last stage of a three-year project to establish a Black Oak Savanna habitat on the school grounds
    • St. Mary’s Elementary, Campbellford: purchase materials, seeds and soil for a new garden
    • Port Hope High School: Community Organic Garden project
  • 2018
    • Port Hope High School: Bee friendly project
    • St. Mary Grafton Catholic Elementary: Butterfly, frog and bee houses
    • Northumberland Montessori School: Native plant garden