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Please take the opportunity to nominate a colleague for an annual award from Michigan’s professional association for environmental and outdoor education.  MAEOE offers seven award categories (listed below) with an application deadline of August 1, 2024.  Award recipients will be recognized at MAEOE's annual conference in Grand Rapids the evening of Saturday, October 5th.

Award Descriptions

You do not need to be a member of MAEOE to nominate or receive awards.

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William Stapp Environmental Education Award

This award is given to up to one nominee and is named for the University of Michigan’s Dr. Bill Stapp. This is MAEOE's highest honor in the field of Environmental Education.

 

The Stapp Award is most appropriate for those with a long career conducting formal or nonformal programs that may focus on, but not be limited to, community awareness and stewardship of land, water, and/or air quality, solid and hazardous waste education, energy conservation and others.

 

The recipient must have demonstrated a lifetime of devoted service and have spent at least ten years working in Michigan.

 

This award nomination requires two additional support letters.

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Julian Smith Outdoor Education Award

This award is given to up to one nominee and is named for the nationally recognized Director of Michigan State’s Outdoor Education Project. This is MAEOE’s highest honor in the field of Outdoor Education.

 

The Smith Award is most appropriate for those with a long career implementing and conducting programs for students with an outdoor education emphasis including hunting, fishing, camping, archery, forestry, nature study, and others.

 

The recipient must have demonstrated a lifetime of devoted service and have spent at least ten years working in Michigan.

 

This award nomination requires two additional support letters.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award is given annually to up to two nominees and is most appropriate for an individual who has made outstanding contributions in connecting diverse audiences to environmental and/or outdoor education in Michigan.

 

The recipient’s contributions should exemplify community engagement, research, teaching or other positive impacts furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the fields of environmental and outdoor education.

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Impact Award

This award is given annually to up to two organizations in recognition of relevant programs and/or campaigns that enhance the quality and availability of environmental and/or outdoor education (e.g. newsletters, professional development, events, series, and/or new initiatives).

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Volunteer Award

This award is given annually to up to three individuals who volunteer their time and skills for more than 1 year to a school, college, camp, outdoor center, zoo, nature center, a MAEOE committee, or other venue that promotes environmental and/or outdoor education.

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Rising Star in Environmental or Outdoor Education Award

This award is given annually to up to two nominees, recognizing an early career professional who is new to the fields of environmental and outdoor education.

 

The nominee has demonstrated leadership, innovation, as well as exhibited best practices in environmental and/or outdoor education. Promoting environmental literacy through education.

 

Eligible nominees must have been in the field less than 5 years.

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Recognition Award

This award is given annually to up to two nominees making significant contributions to the fields of environmental and/or outdoor education, in a specialized area such as journalism, photography, curriculum development, interpretation and/or an individual making significant contributions towards creating, delivering, managing or sustaining environmental and/or outdoor programs.

Nomination deadline:

August 1, 2024

Award recipients will be recognized at our annual conference Awards Banquet. We hope nominators will also attend.

The 2024 Awards Banquet will be held at the L. William Seidman Center the evening of Saturday, October 5th.

Have questions or concerns regarding the MAEOE Awards nomination process? Email the Awards Committee Chairs at awards@maeoe.com

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