DNREC looking for environmentalists

Do you know a student in Delaware who should be recognized for his or her work in protecting the environment?

It’s nearing the deadline for submitting nominations for the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award and DNREC is looking for students who have shown concern for Delaware and the planet through environmental projects and actions done between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others are encouraged to nominate Delaware “young environmentalists” who fall into one of three categories: Elementary for students in grades 1-4, Middle School for students in grades 5-8 and High School for students in grades 9-12.

Nominations will be accepted through June 3 and a winner will be chosen from each of the categories. A $100 check and a gift certificate for use in Delaware State Parks will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contributions to the community. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony at Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair, July 28.

The activities of past winners range from volunteering as an environmental camp counselor to conducting an ongoing environmental improvement project to restoration of a portion of riparian buffer along Red Clay Creek.

Information and the nomination form are available through the “Hot Topics” link or the “General Information and Education” link on the DNREC homepage www.dnrec.state.de.us.