The best way to get to know the work of NAAEE is through the accomplishments of its individual members and its partner organizations.
The Walter E. Jeske Award
The highest honor NAAEE bestows is the Walter E. Jeske Award. This award was established to honor Walt Jeske, Chief of the Education and Publications Unit with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Jeske was a dedicated member of the NAAEE Board of Directors and outstanding environmental educator until his untimely death in 1981. The award is given to recognize service to NAAEE and leadership within the field of environmental education. Tradition calls for each year's recipient to present the award in the following year.
2015 Award Winners
Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Individual and Organization
The Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Individual and Organization Awards may be presented to individuals and organizations to recognize their efforts in promoting and providing EE leadership at the local, regional, and global levels.
2015 WINNERS - ORGANIZATIONS
Local: S.C.R.A.P. Gallery - The Art Museum for the Environment
Regional: Prairie Science Class
Global: Agrium Inc.
Distinguished Leadership in Environmental Education
The Distinguished Leadership in Environmental Education Award recognizes an individual who has created systemic change to strengthen the field of environmental education.
2015 WINNER: Randi Fisher, Co-founder and Trustee, Pisces Foundation
Outstanding NAAEE Affiliate Organization
The Outstanding NAAEE Affiliate Organization Award is given annually to recognize the importance, vitality, and accomplishments of EE associations affiliated with NAAEE.
2015 WINNER: Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
The Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award
The Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their leadership to educate about and promote action that addresses environmental justice concerns at the local, regional, or global levels. The award recognizes a person that demonstrates the values and inner strength of Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs.
2015 WINNER: Rue Mapp, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Outdoor Afro
Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education
The Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award is presented each year to an individual who has exhibited a commitment to EE research through activities in the following areas:
- Conducting EE research of a substantive nature that contributes to the theory and practice of EE
- Reporting of EE research at professional conferences or in refereed journals or other research publications
- Promoting EE research through activities, such as serving on research committees or on editorial boards of research publications, teaching and/or serving on thesis committees, and designing training programs in research and evaluation
2015 WINNER: Dr. Alan Reid, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Education, Monash University
NAAEE President's Award
The president's award is given at the discretion of the sitting NAAEE president.
2015 WINNER: Judy Braus, NAAEE
K-12 Educator of the Year Award
The K-12 Educator of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is recognized for their efforts in promoting environmental education and utilizing the environment as a context for learning in their teaching.
2015 WINNER: Nancy Gillis, Toronto, Canada School District