GAC 2012 Outreach

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! Continue reading →

2011 Grants awarded

At the 2011 Annual General Meeting, the directors of CGF approved the award of a total of $206,672 in grants to 22 organizations, the highest amount in the Foundation’s history. This for the first time included two three year grants to the Canadian Geoscience Education Network for the Explore a career in Earth Sciences web site and the National EdGEO Committee in support of EdGEO Workshops and its website.
Full grant list

Canmore Geoscience Centre display

The “Tebbutt Memorial Devonian Reef Display” was upgraded with the aid of a grant of $3000 from the CGF (grant 08 14) to the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre. This display, commemorating the work of outstanding carbonate geologist Gordon Tebbut, describes the genesis and structure of the Devonian reefs that are so important in the geology of western Canada, and provides examples of the reef-building organisms.

Adventures in sand

David Baird,now retired, but with a distinguished career in geology, including his roles founding directors of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, has recently published a children’s book “Adventures in Sand”. The Canadian Geological Foundation provided him support in this venture through a 2009 grant award. The book is described as follows:-
“Can you remember the first time you went to the beach? You probably had fun splashing in the waves and the water. Then you laughed with pleasure to feel wet sand under your bare feet! You looked back to see the tracks your feet had made as you walked. Soon you discovered how to build forts and castles. Before you left, you may have watched as the waves wore everything away to flatten the beach again. Did you wonder where all that sand came from, and did you know that every grain has a story to tell?
Adventures in Sand explains how sand is made, how we use sand in everyday life, and what we can learn about history by looking at sand.”
The book is available via Amazon.ca and other outlets.

2010 grants awarded

The Grants Selection Committee of the CGF reviewed applications for new grants at its meeting in Calgary, on Thursday, May 13th, 2010, with input from the eight board members present. Twelve new grants were recommended for a total of $119,215.33 (compared to $123,220.00 in 2009). The Committee recommended that nine grants, totaling $104,007.60, be awarded from the Jerome H. Remick III Endowment Trust Fund, and that three grants, totaling $15,207.73 be awarded from the Thayer Lindsley Endowment Trust Fund.
2010 grants

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