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Bay Nature Honors Local Environmental Heroes

We know they’re out there: people who do exceptional things to protect, steward, and educate us about the natural world of the Bay Area, often without the recognition they deserve. Now’s your chance to change that and help us celebrate their great work!

Bay Nature is soliciting your help to identify three such individuals who deserve to be honored as “Local Heroes” for the Bay Area environment at our Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

The first step is to nominate your personal hero/oes and tell us a little bit about them. You can do that through our online form at There are three award categories. You may nominate one person for each category.

1. Conservation Action
This award goes to an individual who has made significant contributions to the conservation of the natural landscapes, watersheds, wildlife, and/or flora of the San Francisco Bay Area, through advocacy, legal action, acquisition, and/or stewardship.
2. Environmental Education
This award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made significant contributions to public understanding and awareness of the natural history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area, through research, teaching, field trips, journalism, film/video, and/or other media.

3. Youth Engagement
This award goes to an individual 25 years old or younger, who is making significant contributions in the fields of natural history, stewardship of the natural world, conservation advocacy, and/or environmental education.

The award recipients will be honored at Bay Nature’s annual awards dinner in March 2015 and interviewed or profiled in an upcoming issue of Bay Nature magazine. The winner of the Youth Engagement Award also receives a cash gift of $250.

Feel free to share this invitation with other colleagues who may know of worthy nominees. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The final selection of the award winners will be made by the staff and board of the Bay Nature Institute.

Thanks for helping us bring deserved recognition to the great work being done by dedicated individuals around the Bay region on behalf of our natural heritage. We look forward to seeing who you’ll nominate! (See below for a list of previous awardees.)


David Loeb, Executive Director
Past Bay Nature Local Hero Awardees

2011 Local Hero Awards (for Lifetime Achievement)
• Conservation Action: Dr. Martin Griffin
• Environmental Journalism: Harold Gilliam
• Environmental Education: Dr. Doris Sloan
 (Note: In 2012, we combined categories 2 and 3, and added the Youth category.)

2012 Local Hero Awards
• Conservation Action: Ellie Cohen, Executive Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
• Environmental Education: Robin Grossinger, Director, Historical Ecology Project, San Francisco Estuary Institute
• Youth Engagement: Sean FitzHoward, Founder, Protect the Bay Club, Lowell High School

2013 Local Hero Awards
• Conservation Action: Seth Adams, Director of Land Programs, Save Mount Diablo
• Environmental Education: Mia Monroe, park ranger/site supervisor, Golden Gate National Parks
• Youth Engagement: Cindy Moreno, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy; WattzOn; Full Circle Farm

2014 Local Hero Awards
• Conservation Action: Craig Anderson, Executive Director, LandPaths
• Environmental Education: Liam O’Brien, lepidopterist/illustrator/activist
• Youth Engagement: Cheyanna Washburn, Youth Programs Associate, John Muir National Historic Site

Bay Nature magazine and are projects of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Bay Nature Institute, which inspires people to explore, understand, and protect the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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