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YCS helps people get outside and promotes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.


YCS supports the conservation and protection of Yukon wild places.


YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife.


YCS is a watchdog for industrial development and researches smart solutions for our territory.

Awards & Scholarships

The Ted Parnell Scholarship

The Ted Parnell Scholarship Fund was established to honour the life and work of Ted Parnell (1947-1981). Ted was a sensitive and committed individual who contributed greatly to conservation in the Yukon. Ted’s life and work reflected his keen environmental values and love of the north and its people. 

The Yukon Conservation Society offers an annual scholarship of $500 to a student of environmental studies who demonstrates outstanding interest and motivation in the environmental field.  Interests pertaining to northern environments such as wildlife, ecology, renewable resources, energy, and environmental education are appropriate areas for eligibility.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be Yukon residents and should be entering or currently enrolled in a post-secondary school program (excluding graduate work).  Proof of acceptance will be required before the scholarship is awarded.

Annual application deadline: June 30 each year

Please include:

  1. Most recent transcript
  2. In a combined PDF document:
    • Cover Letter that includes:
      • A description of an environmental concern in your locality and your ideas on how it can be solved, outlining both public and government responsibilities
      • A description of your interest and involvement in the environmental field
      • Proposed course of study and goals for that study
    • Resume

Send applications to the Ted Parnell Scholarship Committee by email, subject line: “Ted Parnell Scholarship Application”.

For more information call YCS: (867) 668-5678 or read the document below.

Previous winners of the Ted Parnell Scholarship:

  • Iliana Stehelin (2021)
  • Preet Dhillon (2020)
  • Christine Spencer (2019)
  • Shyloh van Delft (2018)
  • Sonny Parker (2017)
  • Michelle Peter (2016)


Yukon Environmental Training Fund

The goal of the Yukon Environmental Training Fund is to support training, retraining, upgrading and improving of occupational skills of those employed by Yukon's environmental groups or individuals working on environmental issues and activities in the Yukon. The YETF is currently administered by the Raven Recycling Society. Please contact Raven Recycling for more information.


The Gerry Couture Stewardship Award

Since 2009, an anonymous donor has provided the Gerry Couture Stewardship Medal and a $1000 prize to a (preferably curmudgeonly) individual chosen for outstanding personal dedication to natural resource conservation and management in the Yukon.

The purpose of the Gerry Couture Stewardship Award is to foster public awareness of, and appreciation for, the personal dedication required to conserve and manage the Yukon’s natural resources. The donor of the award is inspired by Gerry Couture’s fearlessness and persistence in the face of adversity, and his creativity, innovation, and curmudgeonliness.


Gerry Couture near Old Crow

Previous winners of the Gerry Couture Stewardship Award include:

  •  Norman Barichello (2020)
  • Gerry Whitley (2019)
  • Dorothy Bradley (2018)
  • Angela Sabo (2017)
  • Jimmy Johnny (2016)
  • Karen Baltgailis and Gill Cracknell (2015)
  • Simon Mervyn and Eddie Taylor (2014)
  • Dave Loeks (2013)
  • Mike Dehn (2012)
  • Julie Frisch (2010)
  • Dave Mossop (2009)

Nominations for the Gerry Couture Stewardship Award

Nominations can be made annually until November 1 each year

Please email nominations to: The Award will be presented at the annual YCS Year End Party. 

To make a nomination, or to self-nominate, please provide the following information: 

About the Nominee 

  1. Name 
  2. Phone number 
  3. Email address 
  4. Organizations or businesses with which the Nominee is affiliated 

About You 

  1. Name 
  2. Phone number 
  3. Email address 
  4. Affiliation to nominee 
  5. Responses to these questions: 
  • Why do you feel this individual is a worthy recipient of this award? 
  • Please provide some background information about this individual and reasons for your nomination. 


For more information call YCS at (867) 668-5678 or email

See the document below for more information about the Gerry Couture Stewardship Award.


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