The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate students for the 2013 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Nominations are being accepted by DNREC through Friday, June 14. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories: Elementary for students in grades 1-4, Middle School for students in grades 5-8 and High School for students in grades 9-12.
The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following means: demonstrating environmental stewardship, initiating an innovative project, increasing public awareness and demonstrating environmental ethics.
This is the 20th year for the award, which was established by colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.
A gift card and a Delaware State Parks prize pack will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.
Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair Thursday, July 25.
For more information, including nomination forms, call Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, at 302-739-9902, or visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Admin/Pages/YoungEnv.aspx.