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2020 Award Nomination

All of us know exceptional environmental educators and environmental education supporters who deserve recognition! Nominate those who are making environmental education happen in your nature center, zoo, school, or community. Review the nomination categories to find the right fit for the amazing educators and supporters of education you know.

Awards Ceremony will be held during the WAEE Annual Fall Conference in November.

Nomination forms will be available in July, 2020.

Complete the online form

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WAEE Award Categories

Aldo Leopold Award

For WAEE members. Presented for long-term, exemplary service to WAEE and the field of environmental education in Wisconsin. This is the WAEE’s most prestigious honor.

David Engleson WAEE Award

Renamed in 2007 to recognize David Engleson

For individuals, agencies, and organizations making significant contributions to the field of environmental education as exemplified by David Engleson, founding member of WAEE, author, advocate, teacher, and environmental education leader across the state and nation.

Eco-Justice Award

For individuals, agencies, and organizations taking steps to work towards equity and environmental justice in Wisconsin. Presented in recognition of leadership in developing and implementing programs that are inclusive, culturally relevant, working towards equitable internal practices, and representing the diverse communities in our state.

Earthguard Award

For schools, youth groups, and college or university organizations. Presented in recognition of student leadership in developing and conducting outstanding environmental action projects. Schools, classes, and youth groups are eligible for nomination. All groups are encouraged to apply.

Educator of the Year Awards

Eligibility: PreK-12 and Higher Education teachers, professionals, and volunteer educators who teach in non-formal settings, and administrators from any education-related facility.

  • Formal Educator
    Presented for outstanding, ongoing effort in infusing environmental education into teaching.

  • Non-Formal Educator
    Presented for exhibiting innovative and exemplary effort in providing environmental education opportunities for general audiences.

  • Administrator
    Presented for providing ongoing support and active involvement in EE in their facility. Administrators of any education-related facility are eligible.

Student of the Year Award

For 6-12-grade and post-secondary students. Presented for outstanding student involvement in the field of environmental education and academic excellence.

Recognition For All Categories

Paid registration to the Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet, acknowledgement in the WAEE newsletter and on the WAEE website, engraved plaque, and formal recognition at the WAEE Awards banquet.

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