Nominations must be based on actions or projects between July 1, 2015 and June 30. Nominations will be accepted until June 24.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others whom a youth’s efforts might have impressed to nominate them for the 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Nominations will be accepted until June 24. A winner will be chosen from three categories: grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12.

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of the state’s natural resources. The nominees should have demonstrated environmental stewardship, initiated an innovative project, increased public awareness and/or demonstrated environmental ethics.

This is the 23rd year for the award, which was established by colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.   

A gift card and a Delaware State Parks prize pack will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2016 Delaware State Fair on July 28.

For more information, call Joanna Wilson, DNREC public affairs, at 739-9902, email joanna.wilson@state.de.us or visit 1.usa.gov/1WyxKn7.