Call for Nominations for Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards

Do you know someone who protects and preserves the environment and inspires others to do the same? Nominations are now open for the Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards. Each year, the local nonprofit honors teachers, individual students, school support staff, and classes or clubs committed to helping the environment and making a significant difference in our community.

Nominations are being accepted online at:

Winners will receive their awards onstage at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 30th, at 1:00 pm. The deadline for nominations is April 1st, 2023.

“After a three year hiatus, due to the COVID pandemic, the Explore Ecology awards are back! We’re happy to invite community members once again to visit our website and make their nominations. If you know of someone who is an unsung eco hero, we would love to honor them!” says Jill Cloutier, PR Director for Explore Ecology. “For an uplifting and inspiring event, don’t miss the awards ceremony at Earth Day. We hope everyone will join us to honor and support the children and teachers in Santa Barbara County who are dedicated to helping the earth and each other.”

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

Teacher and School Staff: These awards honor the achievements of teachers and school staff who have made significant contributions to educating about the environment, impacting youth, and inspiring their class and school through teaching and action. There are two awards in this category, one for teachers or staff of grades K to 6th, and another for grades 7th to 12th.

Class or Club: This honors a class or school club that has raised awareness, protected the environment, and influenced their school community. There is one award in this category for grades K to 12th.

Student: This award goes to students who have committed their time to care for the environment in a significant way. There are two awards in this category for students in grades K to 6th and 7th to 12th.

Visit to fill out the Nomination Form. Self-nominations are welcome.

A judging panel comprised of Explore Ecology staff will select the winners.

About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include Environmental Education, Art From Scrap, Watershed Resource Center, and the School Gardens Program. For more information, visit

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