The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others whom a youth’s efforts to make a difference for the environment might have impressed to nominate these students for the 2017 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Nominations will be accepted through June 23. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories: elementary, for students in first through fourth grade; middle school, for students in fifth through eighth grades; and high school, for students in grades nine through 12.

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources through one or more of the following means demonstrating environmental stewardship, initiating an innovative project, increasing public awareness and demonstrating environmental ethics

This is the 24th year for the awards program, which was established by colleagues and friends in honor of Edwin H. Clark II, who served as secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

Each category winner will receive a certificate, gift card and prize pack in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

Winners will be honored in a ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2017 Delaware State Fair on July 27.

Nominations may be submitted by mail to Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or by email to joanna.wilson@state.de.us.

For information and nomination forms, visit bit.ly/2siq7FL or contact 739-9902 or joanna.wilson@state.de.us.