Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Wild & Immersive Program Offering Bursary Fund To Families With Financial Barriers

The Wild & Immersive program that comes alive at UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) is once again flooded with children and youth engaging in outdoor education experiences, and one Maple Ridge family would like to see even more young people participate.

Findlay Family Bursary

The Colleen Findlay Foundation recently made available a bursary fund for Metro Vancouver families who might not otherwise be able to participate in Wild & Immersive programming which ranges from fully supervised overnight summer camps to weekly forest school sessions during the school year.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this bursary to families as we recognize that every child deserves the chance to connect with nature and experience the benefits of it firsthand,” says Liz Smith, MKRF Business Improvement Coordinator. “The programs help participants build their physical, mental and social wellbeing and generates awareness about the role we all play in creating a healthy and sustainable planet.”

Although 2022 summer programs are full applications for the bursary are currently being accepted for fall and spring programs.

“We have popular programs that run all year round,” assures Smith.

Child wearing jacket sitting on a tree trunk

Bursary Application Considerations

  • Applicants must explain their financial needs, and proof of hardship or income confirmation will be requested
  • Children and youth must be in the age range for the program they are applying for. The value of the bursary will vary according to the needs of the qualifying family
  • An application does not guarantee the receipt of a bursary, or the amount that you have applied for
  • Receipt of a bursary one year does not guarantee funds for the following year. Families will need to reapply for the program at each registration period

To learn more about Wild & Immersive programs, visit the Wild & Immersive Program website.

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