The Nature Alberta Awards program began in 1976 with the presentation of the very first Loran Goulden Memorial Award. Since then, with the inclusion of four additional awards, Nature Alberta has recognized and honoured the contributions of nearly 100 noteworthy individuals through its annual Awards program. Each of these awards recognizes individuals for their commitment to the conservation and appreciation of Alberta’s natural heritage and/or their support of Alberta’s nature clubs. Nominations of eligible individuals are now being accepted for the following awards:
The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Nature Alberta Awards is September 15, 2016. Scroll down the page to read more about eligibility, award descriptions, criteria and the nomination process.
To be eligible, a nominee must meet the criteria for the specific awards as outlined below.
Named for respected Alberta naturalist, Loran L. Goulden, this award is presented annually to an exceptional individual in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to natural history in Alberta. The award recognizes both specific and long-term aggregate contributions to any field of Alberta natural history. Recipients’ accomplishments follow the example set by Loran L. Goulden to foster amateur natural history study, contribute to our knowledge of Alberta natural history, support conservation of Alberta’s natural heritage, show leadership and be willing to share one’s knowledge.
There are many “unsung heroes” among the naturalist community. They are the role models who give whole-heartedly of themselves in carrying out the duties associated with keeping Alberta’s nature clubs on track, active, organized and able to provide the services that are basic to clubs’ continued existence. Frank and Alice Harper were two long-time naturalists, with the Lethbridge Naturalists Society, who exemplified those admirable qualities we associate with “unsung heroes”. This award, named in their honor, recognizes an individual’s unassuming commitment and service to a local nature club, and their efforts to support the betterment, efficiency, administration, operation and fulfillment of the club’s mandate.
From time to time, Nature Alberta honors outstanding naturalists or conservationists who have made substantial, life-long contributions to Alberta’s naturalist community through their commitment to and volunteer efforts in support of Nature Alberta. In recognition of their long-time efforts and significant impact, these individuals are made Honorary Life Members of Nature Alberta.
Each year, Nature Alberta recognizes individuals for their commitment to volunteerism, and for making important contributions that support their local club, Nature Alberta, or other initiatives that benefit Alberta’s natural heritage.
In 2015, Nature Alberta established the Youth Award to recognize the efforts of young individuals who are active participants in and members of their local nature club or affiliate club. Youth Award recipients demonstrate a passion and appreciation for, and clearly enjoy Alberta’s natural history through their participation in regular club activities. Their keen interest in learning about Alberta’s natural resources and natural elements of Alberta’s wild environment makes them role models that inspire other young naturalists. To be considered for a Youth Award, individuals must be less than 18 years of age.
Complete the nomination form in full and include any supporting documents which provide evidence of specific accomplishments the nominee has achieved. The nominator must clearly illustrate how the nominee has met the award criteria and is most deserving of this honour. Evidence may include a description of nominee’s accomplishments and/or activities, supporting newspaper or magazine articles, brochures, photographs or other supplemental information. Please limit to a maximum of five supporting documents. Individuals can be nominated for more than one award in a single year however separate nomination packages must be completed for each award. Any nominations materials submitted will not be returned.
Nominations will be accepted in one of three ways. You can either:
The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Nature Alberta Awards is September 15, 2016.
View the past recipients for each award here >>
In 1970, six natural history clubs joined together to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Today, this same organization, known as Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. Every one of these individuals share a passion for natural history.
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