Young Environmentalist of the Year nominations due June 30

May 21, 2023

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is looking for Delaware students who are working to make a difference for the environment, and encouraging teachers, classmates, club or group leaders, family members and others to nominate these students for the 2023 DNREC Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Nominations must be based on actions or projects that have taken place between July 1, 2022, and Friday, June 30, 2023.

“These awards recognize the work of today’s young environmentalists in Delaware, encouraging them and their peers to continue on their chosen path to protect, restore and enhance our natural resources,” said Shawn M. Garvin, DNREC secretary. “Past honorees have ranged from beekeepers and cleanup organizers to young lobbyists and recycling advocates. I look forward to meeting this year’s class and hearing about what they are doing for Delaware — and the Earth.”

Now celebrating its 30th year, the Young Environmentalists program honors Delaware students whose actions and projects have involved one or more of the following: environmental stewardship, initiating an innovative project, increasing public awareness or demonstrating environmental ethics.

Nominations will be accepted through June 30.  A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories: elementary (grades 1 to 4), middle school (grades 5 to 8), and high school (grades 9 to 12). Each category winner will receive a certificate, gift card and prize pack in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 27, at the Delaware State Fair, with details to be announced in the summer.

For more information and the nomination form, go to or email

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