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Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award

2013 Jeannette Domaschk
This award is in recognition of your work to promote environmentalism through education and hands-on experience for the children and community of Hunters Creek Elementary School. Your enthusiastic teaching style stimulates your students’ knowledge and love of gardening while they learn to protect the environment.

2013 Joan McHenry Hoblitzell

This award is in recognition of your volunteer time and commitment to the Irvine Nature Center. As a Volunteer Naturalist, you have encouraged and inspired young minds to embrace the outdoors and enthusiastically shared your love of the natural world. 

2013 Linda Krubmin

This award is in recognition of your work as Farm Operations Manager for The Talking Farm to ensure that all people have access to a safe and diverse regional food supply and to foster an awareness of healthy food choices. Through your energy and enthusiasm numerous urban farms have been established at local schools.

2013 Dr. Stewart Slafter

This award is in recognition of your personal dedication to teaching children sustainable living and environmental responsibility through your gardens. Your wide knowledge and enthusiasm inspires students in all age groups.

2013 Lisa Kurstin

This award is in recognition of your innovation and commitment to innovative educational offerings at Descanso Gardens, and for bringing the mystery and wonder of plants to the core of children’s experience.

2013 Mary Patience (Pat) Penchalk

This award is in recognition of your many years of giving inner-city children an opportunity to learn about nature and explore an outdoor world unknown to them. Through your participation in various residential programs at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, you have provided outstanding contributions to early childhood environmental education.

2013 John A. Cunningham

This award is in recognition of your work to inspire students to appreciate the fragility of our planet and its beauty. Through your efforts, your students are focused and energized about environmental science and conscious about what they can do as individuals to preserve our ecosystem.

2012 Christine Zeppenfeld

In recognition of your work with the “Learning Through Landscapes” program at Princeton Junior School. This program has evolved through your leadership, personal care and watchful eye. Your knowledge and passion has inspired children about gardens, the environment and the importance of connecting with nature. Proposed by Stony Brook Garden Club, Zone IV

2012 Leigh Talmo

In recognition of your work with elementary school children at The Arboretum of Los Angeles County through the "Roots and Shoots" program. You have enriched their lives and given them insights into the greater natural world around them. Proposed by Pasadena Garden Club, Zone XII

2012 Pam Sloane

In recognition of your long-term dedication to educate and enlightenment of children in the need to nurture the earth, stay in touch with how food is produced and experience the growing process. In addition, your creation of G.I.V.E. in the Stamford School System will touch countless children and inspire future generations. Proposed by Stamford Garden Club, Zone II

2012 Robert Mardiney

In recognition of your work in the Education and Outreach Program at Irvine Nature Center in Maryland. Your unique blend of talent has enabled you to continually raise the educational program to a new level of excellence. You are a gifted educator who works annually with students who come to understand the critical importance of protecting and respecting nature. Proposed by Green Spring Valley Garden Club, Zone VI

2012 Stephen Zwolak

In recognition of your passion for improving the quality of childhood education and the importance of the outdoors in developing young minds. Your vision, boundless energy and innovative curriculum create in children a love of plants and an appreciation of the beauty and fragility of the environment. Proposed by Ladue Garden Club, Zone XI

2012 Sarah Jane Spiers

In recognition of your remarkable work in combining the best aspects of gardening and science as you teach kindergarten through third grade students at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.  You have reached above and beyond your job description to manifest passion in the hearts and minds of a new generation of horticulturists, philanthropists, gardeners, environmentalists and sustainers of our great earth. Proposed by Cherokee Garden Club, Zone VIII

2012 Sandy Livermore

In recognition of your visionary work, dedication and diligence in the creation of Bookworm Gardens. Your efforts have awakened an appreciation in countless children for "the beauty and fragility of our planet." Proposed by Town and Country Garden Club, Zone XI

2011 Kelly O'Leary

As principal of St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, Kelly had implemented a school-wide initiative of environmental education including recycling, community gardeing and neigborhood beautification. Students plant and tend their garden, donating the produce to feed the hungry. In partnership with Community Greenspace, students have planted trees and perennials to beautify the school and create a healthier neighborhood. Proposed by New Haven Garden Club, Zone II

2011 Robert Dewire

In recognition of your commitment to educating young children in the field of environmental education. For more than twenty years, you have taught natural science to students through your NatureScapes programs, using local flora and fauna to illustrate concepts such as food chains, plant succession and natural adaptation.  Through hands-on classroom demonstrations followed by field trips to local habitats, you inspire children to respect and appreciate their environment. Proposed by Stonington Garden Club, Zone II

2011 Jaime Gonzalez

In recognition of your work as a conservationist and educator of young children. You helped develop The Texas Children in Nature Strategic Plan, whose goal is to encourage children to better understand Texas’ natural resources. As head of Project Blazingstar, you encourage students to help restore three areas in Houston’s Hermann Park back to native prairie. Your enthusiasm helps cultivate young people to be the next generation of prairie stewards. Proposed by the Garden Club of Houston, Zone IX

2011 Renee Weight

In recognition of your years as Lower School Science Teacher at St. John’s School in Houston, during which you have kept your students aware of our planet’s environmental challenges such as global warming, extinction of species, deforestation and diversity of plant and animal life. With your help, a new school garden has been planted with plants, shrubs and flowers that are native to Texas and are hosts for butterflies and birds. You have touched many young lives with your enthusiasm for the natural world. Proposed by the Garden Club of Houston, Zone IX

2011 Richard Sears

In recognition of your work in the Education and Outreach Program at Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu. Your knowledge of island plants, ecosystems, and tropical forestry helps you teach about sustainable gardening practices, organic gardening, vermi-composting, and water-and-energy-saving systems. You are a gifted educator who works annually with thousands of students who come to understand the critical importance of conserving their island’s precious resources. Proposed by the Garden Club of Honolulu, Zone XII

2010 Olive Vanselow

Through programs such as the "Critter Art Contest" and family catch-and-release fishing in the Ho'omaluhia Garden, Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Olive has shared her love of tropical botanical treasures with more than 125,000 students. Proposed by GC of Honolulu, Zone XII

2010 Maria Karanfilian

As a volunteer Trail Guide at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, NJ, Maria shares her love and enthusiasm for wildlife and native plants with thousands of children. Marie makes the natural world accessible and encourages students to do their part to preserve nature. Proposed by GC of Englewood, Zone IV

2010 Anita Schumer

A science teacher at Pollock Elementary School in Philadelphia, Anita led the creation of a garden that is a hands-on learning experience for students and generates produce for a local food program.  Recycling, environmental clubs, and concern for animals help make "Earth Day, Every Day" for Anita's students. Proposed by The Weeders, Zone V

2010 Hazel England

Hazel is Director of Education and Outreach and Land Steward for Great Swamp Watershed Association, New Vernon, NJ. Hazel has developed educational materials and workshops for teachers and provides students with current and locally relevant environmental education on water quality, biodiversity and ecology. Proposed by GC of Morristown, Zone IV

2010 Tahara Ezrahti

Tahara is Education Director of "Art from Scrap" Green Schools program in Santa Barbara County, CA. Tahara has trained thousands of children and their teachers about environmental issues by developing curriculums that involve students in hands-on school gardens and composting activities. Proposed by GC of Santa Barbara, Zone XII

2010 Kathryn Hunninen

Kathryn Hunninen, Program Coordinator at Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, PA has coordinated summer nature camps and designed age-appropriate education programs that connect children to nature.  Through creative programming and art projects like your "Dirt to Dinner" program, you inspire kids to eat healthfully. Proposed by GC of Allegheny County, Zone V

2010 Patricia Lein

For her twenty years as a science teacher at Hampton Day School and now the Ross School, East Hampton, NY, Patricia has encouraged students' love of conservation and the environment.  She has motivated students to plant gardens, create art from natural objects, and participate in student service projects. Proposed by Southampton GC, Zone III

2010 Michael Settanni

Through his enthusiasm and leadership as a teacher at East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, CT, Michael has succeeded in motivating, advising and guiding students to design and establish a popular school recycling program that has now expanded to other schools in the area. Proposed by Ridgefield GC, Zone II

2010 Liz Cutler

Founder of the EnAct Club at Princeton Day School, Liz spearheaded an initiative to create a curriculum integrating sustainability issues and led the building of a campus organic garden and adoption of important energy and conservation measures. Proposed by GC of Princeton, Zone IV and Funded by Ridgefield GC, Zone II

2010 Susan Toth

As Director of Education at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, West Palm Baech, FL,  Susan inspires children with creative programming, such as the restoration by children of a native prairie site.  She runs an annual "green schools" awards program for Palm Beach County School District. Proposed by GC of Palm Beach, Zone VIII and Funded by Millbrook GC, Zone III

2009 Andrea Salsbury

Program of Horticulture Therapy for the children at the Crittendon Children's Center who are suffering from mental, emotional or family problems. Proposed by Westport Garden Club, Zone XI

2009 Sr. Mary McNulty, IHM

Sr. Mary McNulty formed the DeSales Budding Botanists, a program that offers the opportunity to study plants through hands on experience.  Her program allows students to learn the joy of gardening as well as the discipline that gardening entails. Proposed by  The Planters, Zone V

2009 Jeremy Batson

Jeremy is the Director of Environmental Education for Lake Forest Open Lands, enriching over 2,500 young students every year by her interpretation of environmental education.  Jeremy often dresses up as a plant to introduce her program on plants. Proposed by  Lake Forest Garden Club, Zone XI

2009 Jonathan Belber

Jonathan, Eduction Director for Friends of Holly Hill Farm, has played a critical & instrumental role in furthering the environmental education of youth in the greater Cohasset Community through HHF's multiple outreach & educational programs. Proposed by Cohasset Garden Club, Zone I and Funded by Ridgefield Garden Club, Zone II

2009 Judy Montgomery

Judy is the School Outreach & Overnight Coordinator with the Delaware Nature Society.  She has established nature camps for children.  Judy possesses an incredible passion for teaching, blending nature and education with a mix of fun, creativity & enthusiasm. Proposed by  Wilmington Garden Club, Zone V

2009 Carol Raftis

Carol is a teacher at the Oliver Street Elementary School. Under her direction, the students have claimed abandoned tree wells & barrels to create urban gardens.  The students plant flowers and vegetables, giving them hands on horticultural experience and instills pride in their neighborhood. Proposed by Garden Club of Madison, Zone IV

2009 Sheri Amsel

Sheri is a biological illustrator, graphic designer, science educator & author of children's books.  She developed the Black Kettle Nature Trail & Education Program, which in the last 3 yrs. has brought more than 1,000 students to the site for educational field days. Proposed by Essex County Adirondack Garden Club, Zone III

2008 Dave Erler

Dave is recognized for his work as a Senior Naturalist at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and his devotion to environmental education of youth and furtherance of environmental education and research. Proposed by Garden Club of Dublin, Zone I

2008 Gwen Montgomery

Gwen is recognized for her work at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and her many programs that are devoted to the environmental education of young children. Proposed by Garden Club of Madison, Zone IV

2008 Dorothy Mullen

Dorothy is recognized for her devotion to the environmental education of young children as a teacher at the Riverside School, and her creation of the "living laboratory" as a teaching tool. Proposed by  Garden Club of Princeton, Zone IV

2008 Mary Boyer

Mary Ann is recognized for her work in the field of environmental education as a lower school science teacher at the Springside School in Chestnut Hill, PA. Proposed by  Wissachickon Garden Club, Zone V

2008 Lisa Ringer

Lisa is recognized for her devotion to the environmental education of young children; having founded The Youth Environmental Literacy and Law Project, "YELL", a program for at-risk inner city students, and her work with the South Side Family School. Proposed by Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, Zone IX

2007 Anne Bicker

Ann taught at the Abbott Union Free School for forty years, providing outstanding environmental education to emotionally handicapped and learning disabled children. Proposed by GC Irvington-on-Hudson, Zone III

2007 Barbara Montague

Barbara developed the Junior Master Gardener Program, "Project Prairie" for third through sixth graders that has been extended to six other sites. Propsed by Westport Garden Club, Zone V

2006 Bonnie Drexler

Bonnie has served as the Program Coordinator in charge of children's education for the New England Wild Flower Society for 11 years. Each year, she has recruited an average of 2,500 students to cross the doorstep of the Society's public garden, Garden in the Woods. She organizes woorkshops covering botany, geology, natural history and horticulture as well as large events such as "Animal Ambrassadors" and "Earth Day Celebration." She emphasizes observation skills and attempts to install a child's enjoyment into the pursuit of understanding nature. Proposed by Noanett Garden Club, Zone I

2006 Judy Elliott

Judy has furthered the environmental educations of hundreds of children as Education and Community Empowerment Coordinator for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG). She has developed innovative mentoring programs in DUG's school classes to teach nutrition and gardening programs. Known as the "Jungle Lady" by the children, she gives these young inner-city gardeners the opportunity to learn about enterpreneurial enterprises and gain a monetary incentive for operating their garden market stand on Sunday afternoons.   Proposed by Garden Club of Denver, Zone XII

2006 Geoffrey Selling

Geoffrey is the co-founder and ongoing organizer of FEEN, a Frog Watch teacher and coordinator for Germantown Friends School. He has taught for 26 years, working with kindergarten children and follows them through 5th grade. Proposed by The Weeders Garden Club, Zone V

2005 Joyce Queen

Joyce is a science teacher of many years at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, OH. Proposed by  Shaker Lakes GC, Zone X

2005 Kimberly Rush

Ms. Rush is Director of the Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC.  Additionally, Kim works with the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center on issues of nutrition and obesity in children. Proposed by GC of Chevy Chase, Zone VI

2005 Holly Taylor

Collective Roots Garden Project at East Palo Alto, CA, Charter School. Their mission is to seek to design and sustain school-based organic gardens, teach students about nutrition, and provide project-based education that is integrated into the core curriculum. Proposed by Woodside-Atherton Garden Club, Zone XII

2005 Audrey Wilson

30 years as a public school educator, Mrs. Wilson was hired as Director of Education at the Birmingham Botanical Garden, where in her 7 years there, designed five Discovery Field Trips. Proposed by  Little Garden Club of Birmingham, Zone VIII

2004 Craig Hohenberger

Craig, a Science Teacher at Carmel Middle School, Carmel Valley, CA, teaches students about sustainable ecosystems and the environment. Proposed by Carmel-by-the-Sea GC, Zone XII

2004 Jill Laughlin

Jill developed "Partners for Growing Science" at Children's Education Program at Lyon Arboretum. Zone XII

2004 Peter Munroe

Peter served for 32 Years on the faculty of the Potomac School, Reston, VA,  where he developed the science curriculum, and has been an inspiration to over three decades of children.  Founder and director of the Nature Science Camp. Proposed by  Perennial GC, Zone VI

2004 Cassandra Naylor

Irvine Nature Center, Stevenson, MD, Zone VI

2003 Mark Blazis

Mark is a conservation teacher with the Auburn, MA School System. He has been a dominant influence in creating environmental science as a field of study for young students in Massachusetts, founding and directing " The Rainforest Connection," helping his 7th graders produce countless field guides which are used throughout the state, and traveling to Edcuardor Amazonia on research expeditions with his students. Proposed by Worcester Garden Glub, Zone I

2003 Elaine Evans

Elaine Evans, Executive Director of Let's Grow Akron which she founded "to educate children about the importance of diversity in our community and in the natural world." Proposed by The Akron GC, Zone IV

2003 Beverly Plapp

40 acre K-12 School campus as outdoor classroom/lab for students.  Instituted a Junior Ext. Master Gardener program for kids 8-10.  Now focusing on a curriculum teaching kids with learning disabilities about gardening and conservation. Proposed by Westport Garden Club, Zone XI

2003 Cheryl Winship

Cheryl Winship, Director of Education for the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cheryl teaches the principals of conservation, the science of ecology, the beauty of nature and the joy it brings. Proposed by the Orange and Dutchess Counties Garden Club, Zone III

2002 Judith Gratz

Judith has been teaching children in elementary and middel school years to increase awareness and knowledge of the natural world and the place humans hold in it. Over 6,000 children from both public and private schools, home schools, Scouts, families, and summer camps participated this past year. Proposed by Wissahickon Gardeb Club, Zone V

2002 Terrence Harmon

Terrence is a teacher at University School in outdoor biology. Proposed by GC of Cleveland, Zone X

2002 Thomas Mancke

Thomas developed model natural history programs for children, featuring ecology and our fragile earth. Proposed by Palmetto Garden Club, Zone VIII

2001 Suzanne Marinell

A science teacher at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, creating studies of the environment for young children. Proposed by The Weeders Garden Club , Zone V

2001 Peter Schmidt

Peter Schmidt, Director of the Queen College Center for Environmental Teaching and Research, has  been an inspirational naturalist who has benefited thousands of children and young adults during his past 28 years of designing environmental programs for elementary schools of NYC and Long Island, developing workshopd and teaching with hands-on involvement in the world of nature. Proposed by Three Harbors Garden Club, Zone III

2001 Sara Storjohann

Through The Civic Garden  Center, initiates the Young Botanist Program and helps children create gardens in abandoned lots, school yards, and inner city blocks, nurturing a love of the earth. Zone X

2000 Steve Barg

Throughout the Lake Forest area you have inspired many children to care for the natural world around them by involving them in the innovative programs that you have created.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Lake Forest Garden Club, Zone XI

2000 Bill Eswine

Throughout Georgia and Florida you have inspired many children to care for the natural world around them by involving them in the innovative programs that you have created.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Trustees' GC, Zone VIII

2000 Torris Jaeger

Throughout the Orinda area you have inspired many children to care for the natural world around them by involving them in the innovative programs that you have created.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Orinda GC, Zone XII

2000 Pratt Remmel

Throughout the Little Rock area you have inspired many urban children to care for the natural world around them by involving them in the innovative programs that you have created.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Little Rock GC, Zone IX

1999 Anna Barker

Throughout the St. Paul area you have inspired many children from diverse backgrounds to appreciate the natural world through your unique horticultural practices.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by St. Paul Garden Club, Zone XI

1999 Elizabeth Gilmore

Throughout the Boston area you have inspired many urban children to care for the natural world around them by involving them in the innovative Greenspeak program.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Cambridge Plant and GC, Zone I

1999 Joseph Miller

During the past sixteen years, throughout the San Antonio area you have inspired many children to learn organic gardening techniques and now teach teenagers horticulture business practices.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Alamo Heights-Terrell Hills GC, Zone IX

1999 Gina Farrar

Throughout the Warrenton area you have inspired many children to understand and enjoy nature through personal observation and discovery.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Warrenton Garden Club, Zone VII

1998 Jeffrey Greenwood

Throughout the Litchfield area and for many years you have been instrumental in ingraining a deep awareness and respect for the natural world in young people.  You have accomplished this at White, with the Boy Scouts, and with outreach programs at schools.  We are impressed with your methods and efforts in bringing conservation and environmental principles to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Berkshire Garden Club, Zone II

1998 Thomas Smith

Throughout the Pittsfield area you have inspired many children to pursue outstanding careers in the sciences during your career.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by Berkshire Garden Club, Zone I

1997 Mary Jo Diem

"Through your dedicated efforts at Dows Lane School initiating the outdoor Environmental Center, Project SEEDS, you have developed a sense of pride and respect for nature in the children involved in this project.  We are impressed with your “hands-on” approach in bringing environmental principles in a manner that is relevant to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. SEEDS Project (the Student Environmental Education Discovery Site)". Proposed by the GCof Irvington-on-Hudson, Zone III

1997 Jeffrey Hoagland

Throughout Central New Jersey, in your development and implementation of various school programs and the Summer Environmental Day Camp, you have taught young people an understanding and respect of nature that will be carried throughout their lives.  We are impressed with your methods and efforts in bringing conservation and environmental principles to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by the GC of Princeton, Zone IV

1996 Augustus David

Through your dedicated efforts over the years at the sanctuary, and at the Fern and Feather Nature Program, you have instilled in the children whose lives you have touched, an ongoing love and respect of nature which is carried into adulthood.  We are impressed with your methods and efforts in bringing conservation and environmental principles to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by the Green Fingers GC, Zone I

1996 Emile DeVito

Through your development of this curriculum, you have provided youngsters with educational challenges regarding songbird population, their habitat, and the significant connection to humans via our shared environment.  We are impressed with your methods and efforts in bringing conservation and environmental principles to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by the Short Hill GC, Zone IV

1996 Peter Sepe

Through your work at the Regional Agricultural Education Center you have brought a variety of experiences in agriculture to the young, providing them with respect for the environment around them and viable skills to carry those interests into the work force.  We are impressed with your methods and efforts in bringing conservation and environmental principles to young people, thus achieving the objectives as outlined by Elizabeth Hull. Proposed by the Green Fingers GC, and Stamford GC, Zone II

1995 Bonnie Chase

Cora Hartshoren Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills, NJ was organized in 1986 by Bonnie Chase to help students in gardes 1 through 8 become protective stewards of their environment. Gathering at the Arboretum on Saturday mornings, they encounter a wide range of unique and challenging environmental and cultural experiences. Their projects span the globe and are as local as planting a sapling along a nearby river bank and as remote as helping to save a tropical rain forest thousands of miles away. " Ms. Chase's impact on our community has been profound. She has touched our children's lives, awakening their interets in nature and encouragingg them to joyously embrace the responsibility of protecting our world. Her commitment to education, particularly to childhood environmental education, has been felt by all she has touched.  Proposed by Short Hills Garden Club, Zone IV

1995 Jacklyn Lane

Ijams Park Nature Center, Knoxville TN, has organized visits March through July, as many as 160 school children a day. These students from area classrooms come by bus to walk paths, study animal and plant habitats, play games and learn. They also run a day camp for children from kindergarten thorugh fifth garde durning June and July. The last two weeks of this period are devoted to scholarship camps for inner-city children. Jackie recently completed a very successful two-year term as President of the Knoxville Garden Club. She is blessed with a lively sense of humor. For the last six years she has created program that were previously unheard of for all age groups of children that have been innovative and well received. Porposed by the Konxville Garden Club, Zone IX

1995 Lisa Muentener

Trenton Neighborhood Tree Project & Perry Street Garden, Isles, Inc., Trenton NJ, TNT projects are school based projects that involve the school and the community in the improvement of school grounds and neighborhoods. Students and teachers learn the value of trees, other plants and gardening to the environment. These projects are currently ongoing in six Trenton schools, each in despearte need of care and concern. These students do not have opportunities for hands-on contact with nature that many suburban and rural students have. In 1994, the projects reached 2,700 students by planting street tree, shrubs and perennials, designing and planting a butterfly garden, and holding Arbor Day celebrations. Teachers are trained in the use of "grow Labs" and other environmental educations curriculum. New school sites will be added until all the schools in Trenton have gardens. TNT was noted as one of the ten best neighborhood revitalization projects in the country by the Association of Neighborhoods. Proposed by The Garden Club of Princeton, Zone IV

1995 Mary White

Trenton Neighborhood Tree Project & Perry Street Garden, Isles, Inc, Trenton, NJ, TNT projects are school based projects that involve the school and the community in the improvement of school grounds and neighborhoods. Students and teachers learn the value of trees, other plants and gardening to the environment. These projects are currently ongoing in six Trenton schools, each in despearte need of care and concern. These students do not have opportunities for hands-on contact with nature that many suburban and rural students have. In 1994, the projects reached 2,700 students by planting street tree, shrubs and perennials, designing and planting a butterfly garden, and holding Arbor Day celebrations. Teachers are trained in the use of "grow Labs" and other environmental educations curriculum. New school sites will be added until all the schools in Trenton have gardens. TNT was noted as one of the ten best neighborhood revitalization projects in the country by the Association of Neighborhoods. Proposed by The Garden Club of Princeton. Zone IV

1994 Andy Larsen

Andy Larsen, heartbeat of Riveredge has made the Nature Center a model for Wisconsin, perhaps for our country. Over a quarter century has passed since that prickly young man arrived fresh from the Peace Corps, determined to make better sense of environmental education for children. Very soon the Riveredge Board realized that they has hired a fine, gifted, disciplined,strong-minded, hands-on... one helluva teacher. They then stood aside and allowed Andy Larsen to pioneer teaching methods. His intelligence and foresight put his program in the vanguard. For the first year after Andy came, there were no school children exploring the area. He used the time to prepare his dramatic, unique program and to educate and train some volunteers. He is a real pro, always ahead of the game. He knows his business as he brings excitement and love of the world to all who are trained and aimed by him. He makes learning fascinating, palatable, and clear. Zone XI

1994 William Sapp

Horticultural Therapy program in Kansas City, MO, working with emotionally disturbed and learning-disabled boys, has extended beyond the usual program in this area. We were impressed by your methods to bring conservation and environmetal principles to the students which achieves the objectives Miss Hull has identified. Proposed by Westport Garden Club, Zone XI

1993 Darlene Gosnell

Outdoor Learning Center complete with greenhouse and hands-on equipment. Individual garden plots that students plant, maintain and harvest. Weather data, bird feeding stations, fossil area, tree-ring dating area, canning vs. freezing experiments. To involve inner-city disadvantaged children in the exploration of man's shared relationship with nature. Students will again an increased awareness of their environment as they participate in the work of the project. Proposed by Indianapolis Garden Club, Zone X

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