Leadership: Awards for Excellence


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NAAEE is proud of the many accomplishments of our members and partner organizations. Each year, we present a variety of awards at our annual conference to highlight outstanding achievements in environmental education. Is there someone you’d like to recognize? Information on how to nominate an individual or organization is posted here when the call for nominations opens.



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Walter E. Jeske Award

NAAEE’s most prestigious award.


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Outstanding Service to EE

Awards recognizing individuals and organizations.


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Rosa Parks & Grace Lee Boggs Award

Award recognizing leadership in educating and promoting action.


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Outstanding Affiliate Organization

Award recognizing significant contributions to the field.


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Outstanding Contributions to Research in EE

Presented to individuals who make significant contributions to EE through research.


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Higher Education Educator of the Year

Award recognizing efforts in promoting and using the environment as context for teaching.


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K–12 Educator of the Year

Presented to individuals for exemplary efforts promoting EE in classroom and engaging community organizations.


Pepe Marcos-Iga

Pepe Marcos-Iga Award for Innovation in Environmental Education

Award recognizing achievements in using innovation to advance EE.


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Distinguished Leadership in Environmental Education

Presented to an individual who has created systemic change to strengthen the field of environmental education.


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Director's Award

Presented to an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to NAAEE


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Board Chair Award

Given at the discretion of the sitting NAAEE Board Chair to recognize exemplary achievements in the field of environmental education.