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Do You Know A Young Environmentalist?


DNREC's 2015 Young Environmentalist nominations open April 22

Last year, 18-year-old Katie Chambers was honored for dedicating more than 790 hours over four years to environmental education as a volunteer counselor with the Delaware Nature Society's summer camp program. Middle schooler Natalie Runyon, 14, founded a Go Green Club and started a paper recycling program at Smyrna Middle School. And siblings Cole and Samantha Palmer, 12 and 10, received special recognition for their leadership and work with the Delaware Nature Society's Technical Stream Monitoring Program, perfoming monthly water quality tests on Sussex County's Tantrough Branch and keeping the stream and its banks trash-free.

For their innovative ideas, good stewardship and concern for the natural world, Katie, Natalie, Cole and Samantha were honored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Delaware’s 2014 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 2015 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Click for 2015 Young Environmentalist Nomination Form.

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, 2014 and June 30, 2015, with the nomination period open from Wednesday, April 22 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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 22nd 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 email:

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