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Do You Know A Young Environmentalist?


Brandon Pike of Middletown tends one of his beehives as he teaches honeybee management in his communityNominations accepted through
June 22
for DNREC's 2018 Young Environmentalist of the Year awards

Last year, three high school students were recognized for their environmental efforts. Brandon “Bee-Man” Pike, 17, of Middletown was honored for his passion for educating others about bee management and sustainable practices to support the health of these vitally-important pollinators. Matthew Johnston, 16, of Newark, was lauded for organizing a large-scale community cleanup in the woods near his home as his Eagle Scout project. Lillian Peterson, 17, of Newark, received special recognition for meeting with state legislators and DNREC Energy & Climate staff to share her careful analysis and insightful observations and ideas for the future of Delaware’s energy policy.

Middle school honoree Katheryn Givens, 14, of Newark, was recognized for her leadership role in educating her fellow students through her school’s recycling/environmental club’s composting project and plastic bag recycling program that gathered more than 10,000 bags, as well as helping lead her school to the state’s 2016 Recycle Bowl championship.

For their innovative ideas, good stewardship, and concern for the natural world, Brandon, Matthew, Lillian, and Katheryn were honored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Delaware’s 2017 Young Environmentalists of the Year.

If you know students like them who are putting their passions into projects that benefit our environment, you can nominate them for the 2018 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Open to Delaware students in grades 1 through 12, this annual awards program seeks nominees whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of our state’s natural resources. Projects must have been completed between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 22.

Past honorees have also included students who have organized tree plantings, a household hazardous waste community collection day and school recycling programs; and students who have volunteered their time with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC's Piping Plover Monitoring Program and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, among other organizations.

Anyone can nominate a deserving student – teachers, parents, classmates, club or group leaders – by filling out a nomination form and including letters, reports, photos or other documentation of the project.

Winners will be chosen in three categories: elementary grades 1-4, middle school grades 5-8 and high school grades 9-12, and each will receive a gift card and a prize pack from Delaware State Parks. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony at the Delaware State Fair in July.

This is the 25th year for the awards program, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

For more information, please contact Young Environmentalist Awards Coordinator Joanna Wilson in the DNREC Public Affairs Office at 302-739-9902 or by emailing

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