Environmental Education in Kentucky
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The following contests & awards are listed in order by application deadline and grouped by month due. Plus, don’t miss continuing opportunities located in the “ongoing section” at the end.

August 2013

It's often said that just one person can make a difference, and CNN Heroes — everyday people changing the world — are evidence of that. If you know a person who is giving back in your community, a person whose selflessness and personal story inspires you, nominate them today. Nominations accepted through August 31, 2013.

This contest, open to student members of the Entomological Society of America, seeks to identify the top five to 10 science project ideas for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, students, and parents. Any project that relates to insects, spiders, or related arthropods is welcome. Submissions due August 31, 2013.

September 2013

ABC, in partnership with Youth Service America, is calling on young change-makers ages 5-18 to apply for an ABC Summer of Service Award. Winners receive a $1,000 award to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Apply by September 1, 2013.

The annual Audubon Magazine Photography Awards is your chance to parlay your love of birds and photography into a Norwegian Coastal Voyage cruise for two, or another amazing prize. Winners’ photos will also be featured in the January-February 2014 issue of Audubon and in Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Submissions due September 4, 2013.

The Healthy Schools Campaign's Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities recognizes the efforts of schools around the nation with outstanding green cleaning programs. Apply by September 6, 2013.

The Nature Conservancy is accepting submissions for its annual digital photography contest. They are looking for striking digital images to celebrate people and nature – and their important connection to each other. Photographers must be at least 18 years old. Photos must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. PDT September 7, 2013.

The Harris Wofford Youth Award will be given to a young person (ages 5 -25) who is a legal resident of the U.S. who demonstrates exemplary commitment and action to involve his or her peers in service, youth voice, service-learning or civic engagement activities. Apply by 5 p.m. ET September 8, 2013.

The objective of the International Illustration Contest, Ocean Flag – Giving The Ocean A Face, is to unite designers and kids, ages 6-12, to create a flag for the Ocean. The deadline for submission is September 29, 2013.

Biological research is transforming our society and the world. Help the public and policymakers to better understand these broader impacts in biological research by entering the Faces of Biology: Broader Impacts Photo Contest. Entries due September 30, 2013.

Schools and youth groups are invited to submit chronicles of their garden projects for the chance to win $1,000. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Enter by September 30, 2013.

Through its annual awards program, the American Horticultural Society celebrates outstanding achievements, encourages excellence, and inspires innovation in the art and science of horticulture. Several awards are offered that recognize merit in the fields of teaching and environmental education. Nominations are due September 30, 2013.

October 2013

To enter, in 1,000 words or less, describe a strategy that helps your family get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The contest will be divided into nine entry periods starting on May 1, 2013 and ending on October 1, 2013.

The National Fossil Day partners are sponsoring an art and photography contest to celebrate the fourth annual National Fossil Day. The theme for this contest is "Your nomination for our National Fossil". All submissions must be postmarked by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, October 4, 2013.

This award honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Apply by October 15, 2013.

Registration is now open for the 2013 Recycle-Bowl competition for all elementary, middle and high schools. The competition will be held October 21 to November 15, 2013. The school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. Register by October 15, 2013.

The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. For two weeks every October, you are challenged to change one habit for the Earth. Choose your challenge and connect with other EcoChallengers, and collectively, prove that small actions create real change. This year's EcoChallenge is October 15-30, 2013.

The American Geological Institute is sponsoring three national contests for Earth Science Week. The photography, visual arts and essay contests allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science and compete for prizes. Entries due by 5 p.m. ET October 18, 2013.

The Heart of America Foundation's Christopher Reeve Award is presented each year to an extraordinary middle/high school student who has demonstrated tremendous courage, compassion and caring in serving his or her community. Award recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship for post secondary education. Nominations due October 31, 2013.

The Heart of America Foundation's Gee Whiz Kids Award is designed to honor children age 12 and under who have made a difference in the lives of others through acts of caring and compassion. Nominations due October 31, 2013.

November 2013

Youth ages 19 and under are invited to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, video and/or music inspired by nature or the outdoors. Entries due November 1, 2013.

The Lexus Eco Challenge is designed to educate and empower middle and high school students to take action to improve the environment. More than $500,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded. Submissions due October 7 and November 11, 2013.

K-12 schools are invited to participate in the Green Cup Recycle Challenge. Over the four-week challenge period (November 4-27), schools compete for points by improving recycling compliance rates and decreasing contamination. Registration begins August 30, 2013.


Join us for Kentucky Association for Environmental Education's 37th Annual Conference at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. There will be a number of sessions, field trips, workshops, networking opportunities, receptions, auctions and more! This is also a family-friendly event.

GenerationOn's Excellence in Service and Leadership Award recognizes individuals and groups ages 5-18 who take a leadership role in improving their local and global communities through service. New awardees are selected each month.

The Cool School Challenge engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions school-wide. Students challenge individual classrooms to reduce their carbon emissions over a set period of time and use a carbon calculator to evaluate progress.

Carbonrally offers individuals and groups a fun, simple and social way to have an impact on energy consumption and climate change. Form a Carbonrally team at your school and compete against teams from around the world to see who can reduce their carbon footprint the most. Open to ages 13 and older.

The White House Champions of Change program highlights individuals and organizations that are doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities. Ongoing.

Do you know a kid who is giving back to their communities in away that makes the environment better for the future? Nominate that person today into Radio Disney's Team Green!

The YES! National Student Writing Competition demonstrates how teachers can use YES! Magazine stories as the basis for thought-provoking writing, and gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and show off their writing. Each quarter, students will have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected article.

Greening Forward invites youth, teachers and mentors that engage youth in the environmental movement to apply for the Earth Saver Award. Award winners receive national media attention, certificate and a tree planted and endangered animal adoption their name in honor of their work. Applications are accepted at select times of the year by Greening Forward staff.

The Eco Falls Rid Your Plastic Challenge is designed to help schools go green and educate students on the harmful effects of plastic waste. Schools receive $2 per reusable bottle sold.

Each week, Youth Service America names an Everyday Young Hero who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to service. The program is open to youth ages 5-25. Winners will receive a certificate, award and press release. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Literacy Empowerment Foundation would like to acknowledge the many early elementary educators who help other educators with $100 worth of books for their schools.

The Teach@15 Award program helps schools serving any grades 7-12 meet their technology needs. Every 15 days, Best Buy will award three schools with Best Buy gift cards based on votes. The school with the most votes will win $1,500, second most votes wins $1,000 and third most votes wins $500.

Teach your students about environmental stewardship! Reduce lunch waste! Raise money for your school! Launch a Waste-Free Lunch Challenge and Kids Konserve will help you promote waste-free activities pluse offer reusable waste-free lunch products at a 20% discount. Start your challenge any time!

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is seeking nominations for its Golden Carrot Awards for outstanding school food service professionals who have developed and implemented a healthy and successful school lunch program. Nominations accepted throughout the year; schools and food service professionals recognized on a rolling basis.

The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools awards program recognizes schools and school districts that have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving children's health by promoting good indoor air quality practices. Applications for both the Great Start Award and the Leadership Award are accepted year-round.

Children age 13 and younger are invited to enter the Ranger Rick Nature Photo Contest. The contest is held three times per year.

This award aims to encourage young people to get involved in conservation and the protection of wilderness and biological diversity. It is not a competition. If your students complete the project according to the five criteria, they will receive a certificate of achievement.

If you know a child who is giving back to the community in a way that makes the environment better for the future, nominate them for Radio Disney's Team Green. Each month, Radio Disney recognizes a child age 14 or younger for a deed performed in the past 12 months that benefited the environment. Prizes include a $1,000 donation to a charity on their behalf.

The Charles Edison Fund provides free units for grades 4-8 on experiments conducted by Thomas Edison and other scientists and sponsors an awards program to help stimulate student interest in science. All participants receive an engraved certificate. The top winner receives an Edison sunburst light bulb t-shirt, matching baseball cap and signed certificate of award.

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