Canadian Geological Foundation

December 24, 2014

Pacific Museum of Earth Teacher Training Program

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A Canada Geological Foundation Grant has helped support the Pacific Museum of Earth Teacher Training Program. They report:-
On October 24, 2014, the Pacific Museum of Earth hosted a 1-day teacher training workshop. We hosted 21 K-12 educators from the Lower Mainland for a day of Earth science lectures and activities. Workshop registration was free for teachers and the PME provided lunch as well as specimen kits, which contained a selection of rocks and minerals.
We plan to run our teacher training program annually as a means to forge stronger relationships with BC schoolteachers, introducing some to Earth Sciences for the first time and building upon past experiences for returning participants. Many K-12 teachers feel unprepared to teach this area of the science curriculum. In particular, teachers who come from an arts background are confused by the range and depth of the subject material and unsure how to present it in the classroom. In our workshop, we explored K-12 program requirements through presentations, hands-on activities and experiments. We linked each topic to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes as detailed in the BC curriculum.
Our workshop topics included:
• Stars and the solar system
• Rock identification
• Fossil identification
• Mineral identification
• Earthquakes and plate tectonics
• Volcanoes
Graduate students and instructors from the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences led 30 minutes presentations for each topic followed by a 20-30 minute hands on experiment or activity. We ordered a catered lunch for all of the teachers and instructors.
We evaluated the effectiveness of the workshop through an anonymous online questionnaire where teachers could provide feedback and suggestions for next year.
We appreciate the support provided by the Canadian Geological Foundation and would not have been able to successfully run these programs without it!

6th International UNESCO Global Geoparks Conference

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CGF grants helped support the Stonehammer Geopark in New Brunswick host the 6th International UNESCO Global Geoparks Conference in September 2014. CGF funs helped support production of the field guide, and educational outreach programmes.

2014 grants awarded

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Twenty six grants were awarded in 2014, for a total of $237,000. Most of the grants were single year, with four multi-year awards.


November 24, 2014

Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club

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The Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club received $25,000 from CGF (Grant 13-3) to refurbish displays at their Bancroft Mineral and Mining Museum. Images of this successful project follow.

June 17, 2013

Display Case funded by CGF

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The “Petit Musée de minéralogie de  l’UQAC” has reported that the $8000 grant provided to them in 2011 has resulted in the installation of new display cases for their mineralogical displays. They are presently preparing material to display which should be ready sometime this fall, so please visit if you are in Chicoutimi.

June 12, 2013

2013 Grants awarded

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A total of $221,514 was allocated as grants to 22 projects at the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation


March 26, 2013

Mining Matters Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs

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Mining Matters was approved June 2012 for annual funding of $20,000 for the years of 2012 and 2013 in support of Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs, (formerly named Aboriginal Youth Outreach Summer Camp Program). The Aboriginal Education and Outreach Program was developed to engage youth in Earth’s sciences, providing them with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and career information to equip them for the future.
The Aboriginal Education and Outreach Program has four components:
- Mining Rocks Earth Science Camps
- Professional development workshops for teachers in Aboriginal communities
- In-class presentations for students
- Public outreach during community events, career fairs and the Canadian Aboriginal Festival

October 9, 2012

GAC 2012 Outreach

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Teachers at workshop

CGF provided support to the St. John’s 2012 GAC-MAC Local Organizing Committee for the planning and delivery of the EdGEO Teacher Workshop and Field Trip held May 25-26, 2012 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This two day activity-based program was attended by 38 local teachers and more than a dozen experienced geoscience facilitators. The Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum-linked workshops provided a unique opportunity for educators to discover teaching strategies and tools to make Earth Science topics relevant, engaging and fun! (more…)

June 1, 2012

Coal Age Galapagos book published

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A 2008 CGF grant provided John Calder with the critical seed money to proceed with his book on the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia. The book was published in April 2012.
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Aboriginal Youth Outreach camps

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CGF has provided support to “Mining Matters” Aboriginal Youth Outreach program through a grant in 2011, and a multi-year grant in 2012. This innovative program consists of Aboriginal Youth Outreach Camps that introduce Aboriginal youth to practical geological and mineral exploration activities, including prospecting, claim staking, and mapping, as well as the use of GPS technology and environmental geochemistry.
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