2012 National Arbor Day Awards

Rachel Carson Award

Caitlyn Bouse—Elmhurst, Illinois

Caitlyn Bouse—Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst Academy was certified as a Nature Explore classroom as a direct result of Bouse’s leadership, and she also serves as Nature Curriculum Specialist for the school. She was named Formal Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois for her role mentoring other teachers in the joys and benefits of outdoor education. Her involvement with the Children and Nature Network and the Nature Action Collaborative for Children, along with the many professional relationships she has nurtured, allow her to continually draw on the best practices in nature education.


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Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.