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This award is sponsored by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The purpose of this Award is to recognize the outstanding conservation education efforts of Illinois' teachers in two age categories (Grades: K-8 & 9-12).
Open to K-12 educators, the nominee:

• Must be teaching in the classroom at public, parochial or private schools located in Illinois.
• Should incorporate Illinois-specific conservation education, environmental education and/or agricultural literacy lessons into his/her teaching.
• May be part of a team of teachers but should the team win, only one award will be made to the team leader. An applicant cannot be a Director on a soil and water conservation district board.
• A teacher who is serving as an Associate Director of a soil and water conservation district is eligible and may apply for the award.


Entries should be submitted electronically via this survey. The following should be submitted:

• Entry form
• Responses to three narratives questions
• Two letters of recommendation

Award Package:

In the past the award has included; Two (2) complimentary meal tickets to the AISWCD Summer Conference in Springfield, where the award will be presented, a recognition plaque, $250 Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant opportunity from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a one year membership to the Illinois Audubon Society, two (2) complimentary admission passes and one (1) complimentary parking pass to the Illinois State Fair in August for the recognition ceremony. These awards are subject to change, and not guaranteed.


All entries must be submitted to AISWCD by May 15th.

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