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Do You Know A Young Environmentalist?


DNREC's 2016 Young Environmentalist of the
Year nominations extended through June 30

Last year, 17-year-old Liam O'Connor was honored for dedicating more than 1,000 hours over two years, leading several large volunteer projects at the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area near Felton. Middle schooler Jack Flairty, 14, is a very active environmentalist - promoting recycling, participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program and volunteering since 2002 with the Nature Conservancy's spring stream cleanup and horseshoe crab count. Elementary-level environmentalists were Maddie Cole, 10, and Quinn Hamrick, 8. Maddie participates in beach grass planting and promotes recycling and gardening with native plants and trees, while Quinn has championed school gardens and grows his own vegetables.

For their innovative ideas, good stewardship and concern for the natural world, Liam, Jack, Maddie and Quinn were honored by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Delaware’s 2015 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 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Click for 2016 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, 2015 and June 30, 2016, with the nomination period having been extended through Thursday, June 30, 2016.

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 23rd 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 Joanna Wilson.

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