Introduction to our Education Awards

Since 2003, WBFN has been offering school-based scholarships and environmental stewardship awards to foster the interests of young people in nature and enhance their knowledge of environmental issues. These awards are now offered to all schools and students in Northumberland County. Many projects have been completed over the years with the aim at preserving our natural heritage and contributing to the environment in a positive, sustainable way. See below for a summary and the Archives section for detailed annual reports.

Application Forms

Please select either the WORD or PDF document to complete your application for an Environmental Stewardship Award or a Scholarship from the Willow Beach Field Naturalists.

WORD Document: 2022 – 2023 Environmental Stewardship Awards Application

Due February 28, 2023

PDF Document: 2022 – 2023 Environmental Stewardship Awards Application

Due February 28, 2023

WORD Document: 2023 Scholarship Application

Due June 2, 2023

PDF Document: 2023 Scholarship Application

Due June 2, 2023

Successful Education Award Recipients since 2009

  • 2023
    • Spring Valley Public School in Brighton
    • Smithfield Public School in Brighton
    • CCI High School in Cobourg
  • 2022
    • C.R. Gummow PS: Purchase of two picnic tables for outdoor learning area
    • Scholarship recipient Heather Birney (Cobourg Collegiate Institute)
  • 2021
    • Stockdale Public School: Living willow kits part 2
    • C.R. Gummow PS: Bird kit learning materials for library
    • Cobourg Collegiate Institute HS: Seeds to grow plants for a Food Forest / Greening initiative
    • Scholarship Recipients Jessica Livingstone (East Northumberland Secondary School) and Lauren St. John (Cobourg Collegiate Institute)
  • 2020
    • Scholarship recipient Kaitlyn Root (Cobourg Collegiate Institute)
  • 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
    • Scholarship recipients Emma Zoldy (Cobourg Collegiate Institute) and Thomas Burgess (St. Mary Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2018
    • Port Hope High School: Bee friendly project
    • St. Mary Grafton Catholic Elementary: Butterfly, frog and bee houses
    • Northumberland Montessori School: Native plant garden
    • Scholarship recipients Jenny Shin (Port Hope High School) and Gavin Brady (St. Mary Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2017
    • Spring Valley PS: Butterfly garden
    • Roseneath Centennial PS: Outdoor education space with bird feeders and seed
    • CR Gummow PS: Monarch waystation
    • Scholarship recipient Christina Baik (St. Mary Catholic Secondary School)
  • 2016
    • Cobourg Collegiate Institute HS: Learning and Life Skills class program on pollinators
    • East Northumberland Secondary School: Keynote speaker for Aboriginal Awareness program
    • Northumberland Christian School: Outdoor theatre space, classroom and aboriginal awareness location
    • Scholarship recipient Celia Voskamp (East Northumberland Secondary School)
  • 2015
    • Grafton PS: Grace Bowen memorial garden
    • Scholarship recipients Christa Mills (Port Hope High School) and Jessica Kernan (CDCI West)
  • 2014
    • Dale Road Senior PS: Naturalization of yard
    • CR Gummow PS: Naturalization of yard
    • CDCI East High School: Water bottle refill centre
    • Scholarship recipient Vivienne Jaehn-Kreibaum (East Northumberland Secondary School)
  • 2013
    • CDCI East High School: Environment Club – composting bins, field trip
    • Scholarship recipient Jade Scarr (East Northumberland Secondary School)
  • 2012
    • Plainville PS: tree
    • Scholarship recipient Wyatt May (CDCI West)
  • 2011
    • Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre and Alderville Black Oak Savanna Education program: Education programs
    • Scholarship recipient Cory Wake (East Northumberland Secondary School)
  • 2010
    • St. Mary’s CES, Campbellford: Reusable stainless water bottles
    • Plainville PS, Naturalization of area adjacent school
    • Notre Dame CES, Cobourg, Incubator to hatch chicks
    • Scholarship recipient Megan Reid (Port Hope HS)
  • 2009
    • Plainville PS: Bird house building workshop
    • Notre Dame CES, Cobourg: Vegetable garden
    • Camborne PS: Scientists in School program

Education Awards Report Archive