The Harry B. Barrett Fund

Our club is in the process of starting an ongoing bursary to honour one of our founding members who was a dedicated naturalist, teacher, and local historian as well as author with many books on local history and nature. Harry B. Barrett passed away in 2017 at the age of 94.

It is our intent that this bursary be given to an outstanding student specializing in nature, the environment and doing conservation and environmental science-based study and field work in Norfolk County. At present, we intend to give $2,000 to whomever is chosen as the winning recipient.

This is being sent to selected universities and colleges in Southern Ontario; and we have a committee to decide the winner.

If you are a student that is interested in this, please find below the application form to apply for the Harry B. Barrett Fund bursary.


A bursary fund supporting students who are engaged in natural heritage studies and research related to Norfolk County, Ontario



The purpose of this fund is to promote natural heritage in Norfolk County, Ontario, through instruction of college, or university undergraduate and graduate level students in the study, identification and/or monitoring of terrestrial and/or fresh water natural heritage features (e.g., species, ecological communities).



Application Deadline

Opens May 1, 2024
Closes August 15, 2024


Students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited Canadian university or college.

The applicant must be conducting field studies or other research related to Norfolk County, Ontario as a component of their diploma or degree requirements.

Application Requirements

Submit a one-page outline of your work which you feel best fits the purpose of this fund.

Support this with a brief resume which includes any present or past involvement and leadership within the fields of the environment and conservation.

Indicate an active interest in conservation of native species and fieldwork as it relates to, or benefits, Norfolk County, Ontario.

Include your future goals for continuing your involvement with environmental stewardship and/or research.

Successful award recipients will be required to write a one-to-two-page final report, including one or more photographs of the recipient in the field, describing the work undertaken and the impact of the award on the recipient’s career plans.

Application Submission

Please submit your application to:

Harry B. Barrett Fund
c/o Norfolk Field Naturalists
P.O. Box 995
Simcoe, ON
N3Y 5B3

On behalf of the Norfolk Field Naturalists, the Harry B. Barrett Fund Committee would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the organizations and individuals whose generous donations have contributed to the memory of our first president, Harry B. Barrett, and have made this bursary fund possible.