Award Categories

The Arbor Day Foundation accepts applications and nominations from individuals, organizations, corporations, projects and institutions whose work has set an example of excellence. You are invited to enter your own work or nominate the work of others. Previous entries not selected to receive an award may be revised and resubmitted in a following year.

Award Categories

J. Sterling Morton Award

The Arbor Day Foundation’s highest honor, this award recognizes an outstanding individual who has had a positive impact on the environment due to their lifelong commitment to tree planting and conservation at a national or international level.

Frederick Law Olmsted Award

This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has had a positive impact on the environment due to their lifelong commitment to tree planting and conservation at a state or regional level.

Lawrence Enersen Award

This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has had a positive impact on the environment due to their lifelong commitment to tree planting and conservation at a local community level.

Good Steward Award

This award recognizes land owners or organizations whose creativity, outlook, and accomplishments exemplify wise stewardship practices and sustainability on private land from which others can learn.

Arbor Day Celebration Award

This award honors Arbor Day celebrations that best represent the spirit of the tree planter's holiday.

Rachel Carson Award

This award recognizes programs, individuals or organizations whose exemplary leadership and efforts guide the nurturing of young children’s inborn sense of wonder about the natural world.

Champion of Trees Public Service Award

This award is presented to a government official or employee for demonstrating leadership in advancing forestry public policy at a community, state, or national level.

Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award

This award is given to an exceptional individual or organization whose work provides innovative leadership in advancing sustainable community forestry efforts at a local, state, or national level.

Forest Lands Leadership Award

This award is given to an individual or organization whose outstanding work provides leadership in advancing sustainable forestry efforts on public forest land.

Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

This award is presented to a community, group, or organization for their outstanding efforts to mobilize and engage volunteers in tree planting and care within a community.

Public Awareness of Trees Award

This award is presented to an organization or individual whose innovative work elevates the public awareness and understanding of the importance of trees.

Excellence in Partnership Award

This award is presented for the innovative, strategic, and/or pioneering collaborative efforts of organizations to advance forestry efforts on a local, state, national, or international level.

Award for Education Innovation

This award recognizes innovative education programs that successfully introduce and teach their audience the importance of trees and serves as an inspiration for future environmental stewards.