Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

The  Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Award winners for 2017 are Makayla Giles, Almonte and District High School (Almonte) and Andrew Van Campen, Notre Dame Catholic High School (Carleton Place). Both students received these awards in May of this year and are currently pursuing post-secondary studies in an environmental/science related field.

The MVFN Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards are awarded annually to local graduating high school students set to “become the environmental leaders of tomorrow” with acceptance to post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment.”

The awards, named for award-winning naturalist, and retired Councillor and educator, Cliff Bennett, were established by Cliff’s friends as a gift to him and to honour his contributions.  Since 2007, more than $11,700 has been awarded to eighteen students, who have gone on to college and university in programs including ecosystem management, environmental engineering, zoology, fish and wildlife management, and others.

If you are a student, or know a student, who wishes to apply for this award next year, please check back next May for 2018 application information.

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Spring is the time of year for the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) to accept student applications for the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards. This year, one or more $1000 awards will go to local graduating high school students set to “become the environmental leaders of tomorrow” with acceptance to post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment.

The awards, named for award-winning naturalist, and retired Councillor and educator, Cliff Bennett, were established by Cliff’s friends as a gift to him and to honour his contributions.  Since 2007, $9700 has been awarded to sixteen students, who have gone on to college and university in programs including ecosystem management, environmental engineering, zoology, fish and wildlife management, and others.

Application forms and further information are available from student services at area schools, and on-line at mvfn.ca. Or contact Chair of the awards committee, Mike Macpherson at 613-256-3043 or .

Click here to go to 2017 Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards application form page

 

NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

2017 Nature Bursary Poster

 

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LINK TO 2016 APPLICATION DETAILS AND FORM

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) is seeking a young person who wants to make a difference in meeting the environmental challenges of the future. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is awarded annually by MVFN to assist a graduating high school student who will be pursuing post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment. One bursary of $1000 will be awarded this year to a deserving student from our area. The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of MVFN, and was established in 2007 by Cliff’s many friends on the occasion of his 75th birthday, to honour his contributions with a lasting legacy.  To date, $8200 has been awarded to fifteen graduates from six high schools in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and Dunrobin who have pursued studies in twelve programs at three colleges and six universities across the country.

To be eligible for the nature bursary, a student must be graduating from a local high school with acceptance to a college or university program related to nature and the environment.  As well as academic achievement, the Committee will consider an applicant’s involvement in issues related to the natural environment; previous recipients actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering.

Post-secondary studies by bursary winners have included ecosystem management, environmental engineering, and zoology.  Other recipients followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or biotechnology.  “I am pleased that the Bursary may encourage a young person today to become an environmental leader tomorrow” says Cliff Bennett.  “I consider it an investment in our shared environmental future”.

Bursary application forms will be available from the student service offices at area high schools, or at mvfn.ca .  The deadline for applications is Monday, May 2, 2016. For further information, students may contact Mike Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee, at 613-256-3043 or

 

 

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Reminder all invited to garden party set for Friday!

This is a reminder that all are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon & evening of great company, music, garden tours & potluck refreshments at the home of Al Potvin and Shirley Deugo-Potvin at 38 Carss Street in Almonte this Friday, August 21st from 4-8 pm.

No RSVP’s are needed and all are welcome. Just remember to bring a potluck dish, and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. We are planning this event as alcohol-free; there will be cold water available.

The party is being co-hosted with the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists to celebrate and raise funds for the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund which supports awards to graduating high school students going on to study in an environmental field.

Bring your favourite dish to the potluck refreshment table and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also bring a folding chair and your bathing suit for a swim in the pool. A lifeguard will be on deck!

Come and enjoy toe-tapping music with the Jimmy Tri-Tone Band; garden tours with Ed Lawrence, local horticulture expert & CBC Radio gardening host; walks amongst the trees on the property with Dr. Ron Ayling, retired University of Toronto forestry professor; and birding with Cliff Bennett.

See you there!

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REMINDER: No RSVP’s are needed and all are welcome. Just remember to bring a potluck dish, and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. We are planning this event as alcohol-free; there will be cold water available.

You are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon & evening of great company, music, garden tours & potluck refreshments co-hosted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists with Shirley Deugo and Al Potvin  at their beautiful property at

38 Carss Street in AlmonteOntario

on Friday, August 21, 2015

from  4:00 – 8:00 pm

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to celebrate and raise funds for the

 Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund

Bring your favourite dish to the potluck refreshment table.

Also a folding chair, and your bathing suit for a swim in the pool.

A lifeguard will be on deck!

 Come and enjoy:

***Toe-tapping music with the Jimmy Tri-Tone Band***

***Garden tours with Ed Lawrence, local horticulture expert

& CBC Radio gardening host***

***Walks amongst the trees on the property with Dr. Ron Ayling, retired forestry professor, U of Toronto***

***Birding with Cliff Bennett***

The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Fund awards bursaries to local high school graduates undertaking college or university studies related to the natural environment.

The fund was established in 2007 by friends and family of local retired educator, naturalist and MVFN founding member, Cliff Bennett, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Since 2007, more than $8,000 has been awarded to 15 students including graduates of Almonte and District High School; Carleton Place High School; Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place; Perth and District Collegiate Institute, St. John Catholic High School, Perth; and West Carleton Secondary School.

Donations over $20 will receive an income tax receipt. See you there!

 

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