Learn outside the box

Programs & Bursaries


Summer Student Research Program

Generously supported by sponsors, partners and foundations, each summer we employ university and high school students to conduct research in Quetico Park. Directed by scientists and supervised by experienced team leaders, participants learn wilderness skills, contribute to research, and bond with teammates. The information collected contributes significantly to the bank of wilderness ecology field data.


Biology Internship Program

The Quetico Foundation employs one post-secondary student every summer to assist our Park Biologist with crucial field biology research. Generously supported by the Margery J. Warren bequest to the Foundation, our past interns have done fascinating and valuable work on invasive species, at-risk species, bear activity, pine tree health and more.


Ridley Wilderness Youth Program

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As Canada becomes increasingly urbanized, many culturally diverse youth have limited access to experiencing and understanding Canadian wilderness. We believe in helping these future leaders make choices that support Canadian wilderness. Generously supported by the Estate of Norma R. Ridley, we provide students from across the Toronto District School Board with an immersive wilderness canoe tripping experience in Quetico Park.


Shan Walshe Memorial Bursary

In memory of the late Quetico Park Naturalist, Shan Walshe, The Quetico Foundation awards bursaries to select students from the Atikokan and Lac La Croix high schools. The students must demonstrate strong leadership and be accepted at a post-secondary institution for environmental, biological or related studies.

Lee Woods Memorial Award – Project Canoe

In memory of the late Lee Woods, former Chair of The Quetico Foundation and avid wilderness enthusiast, and supported by in memoriam donations from Lee’s friends and colleagues, an award is presented annually to Project Canoe for two students to participate in the Wilderness Canoe Program. Lee believed in the power of wilderness experience in overcoming barriers and fostering personal success within our youth.

Learn more

Contact us for more information about our current programs and bursaries, if you’re interested in participating, or if you’d like to collaborate with The Quetico Foundation on a community or science program.