Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund
To find students with a passion for nature and provide them with opportunities of discovery within Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve. To develop baseline documentation on the Reserve biodiversity so that changes can be monitored. And if necessary, to take appropriate steps to protect and improve the biodiversity of the Reserve for future generations.
The Matt Holder Environmental Education Fund was established by Phill and Sue Holder in memory of their son who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2011.
Matt Holder was passionate about nature and passing on his knowledge. He loved bird watching at Thicksons’s Woods and was an expert birder and published scientist, including the co-authorship of the Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Park. It is fitting that the creation of a fund in his memory provides a unique local opportunity for students to have a hands-on approach to learning about their environment and the opportunity to publish their scientific findings.
The Holders hope that the fund will provide resources that will ignite Matt’s passion for nature in the many promising young students of today, to ensure future generations learn about and protect the environments.
The fund will provide equipment, knowledge and/or project-related activities, as long as the projects contribute to the natural inventory of the biodiversity of the Reserve and results are published in some widely accessible format. The scope is wide-ranging and varied and provides opportunities to students that could be life-changing while contributing to local environmental protection and benefiting the community.