To celebrate the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society's 25th anniversary and to honour Dr. J. Roger Bider, its Founder, the Society established the Roger Bider - Ecomuseum Zoo Natural History Award . The Society's mission is to foster interest in, and to promote the conservation of the natural resources of the St-Lawrence Valley. Roger Bider's dedication to the Society since its creation and his contributions to public education over the years have been largely accomplished through the development and success of the Ecomuseum Zoo in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
Natural history attracted Roger Bider's curiosity as a young student and the natural world became his life-long passion. This lead to a teaching and research career as a Wildlife Ecology professor at McGill University, where he passed on his knowledge and experience to many generations of students and many nature groups. The creation of the Society provided him with a new forum to pursue his interest. His teaching, whether in the classroom or in the field was always inspired by natural history, often involving plant and animal species less commonly seen or appreciated at the time but which have become significant in biodiversity conservation today.
The Roger Bider - Ecomuseum Zoo Natural History Award recognizes educators, who through their activities with students, foster public awareness and appreciation of the natural world and the importance of discovery, conservation and stewardship. The award is given annually to an educator who has fostered student curiosity and keen interest in natural history.The value of the award is $500.00 and its use should enhance ongoing and future programs in natural history.
To be eligible for the Award, applicants must be educators (e.g., teacher, group leader, mentor) who have demonstrated keen interest in natural history and the transfer of this interest to young students. Candidates must be active at the high school or elementary level. Preference will be given to residents of the greater Saint-Lawrence Valley.
Application and Deadline
- Roger Bider - Ecomuseum Zoo Natural History Award is sponsored by the St-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society.
- Applications must be received before April 30th.
- Applications must be accompanied by 2 letters of support, which represent an important part of the evaluation process.
- Employees, volunteers, and benefactors of the Ecomuseum Zoo are not eligible to apply for the prize.