UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve Announces Explorer Grand Prize Winner

Posted March 2, 2012

The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve is excited to announce that Zoe Hunter (age 10) is the 2011 Explorer Program Grand Prize winner. Zoe was presented with the Grand Prize, a 2012 season family pass to Fundy National Park, at an awards assembly at her school on Friday, March 2.

“Zoe’s beautiful drawing of the Sackville Waterfowl Park depicts perfectly one of the many amazing places in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve,” says Megan de Graaf, Executive Director for the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. “We are so pleased that our Explorer Program has encouraged Zoe and many other children to get out and explore the natural gems of this region, like the Waterfowl Park.”

Zoe participated in the Explorer program while attending a Mount Allison Summer Camp last summer, and was entered to win the Grand Prize – a 2012 season family pass to Fundy National Park.

“I'm so glad I won a season pass to Fundy Park! I love going there!”, says Zoe. “We are really looking forward to taking a few family trips to Fundy National Park this summer,” says Gabi Hunter, Zoe’s mother. “It will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the hiking trails, see the Bay of Fundy, and look at the wide-open night sky.”

“We are delighted to partner with the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve on this great program,” says Nadine Gauvin, the External Relations Manager with the Parks Canada Agency. “We believe that the Explorer program was useful to engage children to share their love of nature by drawing and photographing the natural places they visit. We look forward to having Zoe and her family use their 2012 Park pass to discover all of the fun places in Fundy National Park.”

The Fundy Biosphere Explorer Program is delivered each summer to children in summer, day, and library camps throughout the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. The children participate in activities and games that educate them about the unique ecosystems and species of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, and are given information (through brochures, maps, and the Explorer website) about what interesting sites can be explored in the region. As part of being a Fundy Biosphere Explorer, children are asked to take photos, draw pictures or write stories about their adventures in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Submissions are eligible to receive various prizes, including a Grand Prize.

The Explorer program was funded by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.

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Photo participants from L to R: Nadine Gauvin (External Relations Manager with the Parks Canada Agency), David Hunter (Zoe's Father), Gabi Hunter (Zoe's Mother), Megan de Graaf (Executive Director, UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve).
Zoe Hunter is in front.