Yoho Burgess Shale Initiative
Foundation President Harry Moore, P.Eng., (left) presents cheque
for $10,000 to Yoho Burgess Shale foundation President Nat Rutter,
P.Geol., PhD. Also in photo is APEGGA Director, Communications
and Public Affairs, Chrys. Dmytruk, P.Eng.
Education Foundation, as part of its ongoing support for various
educational initiatives, has donated $10,000 toward a Yoho
Burgess Shale Foundation program to improve understanding of
A cheque presented to Nat Rutter, P.Geol., PhD, president of the
Yoho Burgess Shale Foundation, will to allow the latter to incorporate
climate change as part of the its Earth Science Education program.
Burgess Shale Foundation sponsors and promotes a number
of programs to increase public understanding and exposure to earth
sciences, including geology and paleontology. Most of the foundation
projects are geared toward students (ranging from Kindergarten to
Grade 12). The projects include the Burgess Shale High School Research
Project which allows selected groups of students to visit the Mt.
Stephen Fossil Beds and Walcott Quarry, part of a UNESCO-designated
world heritage site near Field, B.C.
Dr. Rutter explained that the donation from the APEGGA
Education Foundation will permit the Yoho
Burgess Shale Foundation to "ensure that climate change
is integrated into the science curriculum for senior high and college
The funding will be used to hire an educator to develop a program
on climate change. The donation also will permit development within
the coming year of a guide book on evidence of past climate change
in the four National Mountain Parks in Alberta and British Columbia.
The guide book is expected to inform visitors about the areaís glacial
history and direct readers to locations with glacial sediments and
landforms, and to features related to post-glacial climatic phenomena.
The APEGGA Education Foundation will be recognized in the guide
In presenting the cheque, APEGGA Foundation President Harry Moore,
P.Eng., said the donation was indicative of the Education Foundationís
desire to support educational endeavours related to all three professions
represented within APEGGA.