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.
2014 Walter E. Jeske Award Winner
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.
2014 WINNERS - INDIVIDUALS
Regional: Ashley Hoffman, Executive Director for Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, and Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA)
National: Don Baugh, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Educator, Founder and Director of the No Child Left Inside Coalition
Global: Shin-Cheng Yeh, Deputy Minister of the EPA-Taiwan
2014 WINNERS - ORGANIZATIONS
Local: City of Fort Collins Natural Areas
Regional: Inside Education
Global: Earth Force
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.
2014 WINNER: Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC),
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.
2014 WINNER: Rafael Salgado, Executive Director, Cal-Wood Education Center
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
2014 WINNER: Dr. Michaela Zint, Associate Professor of Environmental Education & Communication School of Natural Resources & Environment, School of Education, College of Literature, Science & the Arts University of Michigan
NAAEE President's Award
The president's award is given at the discretion of the sitting NAAEE president.
2014 WINNER: Sue McGuire, McGuire Consulting
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.