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Innovative Environmental Education Project Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual or organizational team (both formal or nonformal) that has developed and implemented an innovative project within the 2021 calendar year. 

  • Nonformal projects can be implemented by non-profits, parks, agencies, community groups, zoos, museums, families, etc.
  • Formal projects can be implemented by teachers, administrators, schools, student groups, districts, higher education, etc. Please note that formal programs should be mainly implemented by schools/formal education entities

The recipent of this award will receive up to three individual VAEE memberships or a VAEE organizational membership (for the organization/ agency sponsoring this program) for the 2022 calendar year and a physical award.


Outstanding Leadership, Quality & Effectiveness: Program serves as a model for demonstrating outstanding action, contribution and leadership in environmental education and/or literacy. Program models exemplary quality and effective EE.

Innovative Approach: Program approach is innovative, unique, creative, inclusive, relevant and action oriented. The program will inspire others to adopt their innovative approaches.

Impact: The program's contributions and impact on its audience/community is noteworthy and the program can demonstrate evidence of impact. Nominee’s work could be replicated by others.

Commitment to Environmental Education: The program is future-minded and committed to continuing and expanding its work to advance environmental education and/or literacy.


From the submissions for this category, the VAEE Board of Directors will select four (4) projects eligible to move forward as finalists.  The 4 finalists’ will be asked to prepare a short 5 Minute Presentation to be presented at the VAEE Spring Symposium on May 22nd. Attendees of the Symposium will then vote on the winning project after presentations have been made and the award will be presented during the Annual Member Meeting & Awards Ceremony that evening. 

 PLEASE NOTE: A representative from the organization must attend and present about the project to be eligible for this award.


Please submit a Word document via email (no PDF) that is no longer than 2 pages with 11 point font adressing each of the following items and including specific examples.  

  • Contact information for the orgranization

  • How has the program demonstrated innovation and creativity in EE?

  • How has the audience/learners/community benefited from the program? 

  • What impact has the program had on other's understanding of environmental issues, stewardship, conservation and/or outdoor leadership?

Please also provide the following information as a separate attachment:

  • Program Photographs: Please submit three high-resolution photographs depicting the program (required). 300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format). Images embedded in a PDF or Word document will not be accepted.

  • Organization Logo: Submit a high resolution logo for your organization and equal partners (if applicable) (required). (300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format).  

  • Digital Support (Optional) Provide one of the following: a 3-minute video/audio clip, 5 PowerPoint slides (please save as a PDF and send), an article, OR a digital slideshow with no more than 10 photos highlighting the program. Digital item is supplemental and should NOT be a substitute for required nomination information. (encouraged, but not required)

Please submit your application by Monday, January 31st, 2022 via email to to be considered for this award.


Virginia Association for Environmental Education

10221 Krause Road

P.O. Box #2193

Chesterfield, VA 23832

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