Each year COEEA requests nominations for the following awards. Any member may nominate an individual or organization for recognition.

Awards nominations may be submitted to Sarah Wilby at Awards are typically announced and presented at the COEEA Conference in Spring.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed. 

Congratulations to our 2021 COEEA Award Winners!

Award Categories:


Environmental Educator of the Year

Awarded to an Environmental Education (EE) professional or classroom teacher who creates and implements successful EE activities; promotes individual and societal environmental responsibility; and inspires others to take action through individual or group projects at a school or within the local community.

Outstanding Organization of the Year

Awarded to an organization for exceptional work in, or support of, the field of outdoor and environmental education, plus its dedication to using the outdoors and natural world as a catalyst to expand environmental appreciation in the children and adults of Connecticut.

Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Awarded to an individual, group, or organization that has engaged and motivated the public to protect the environment. By participating in advocacy, research, education, political action, public outreach or similar work, the recipient(s) will have made a strong impact in promoting environmental literacy and education, inspiring others to become stewards of the natural world, and/or providing leadership to the state of Connecticut and the COEEA community regarding environmental initiatives.

How to Apply

Complete the online form and submit it with the items requested below, on or before March 1, 2021 (2021 nominations are closed).

Please complete a form online or email the nomination form and supporting materials to Sarah Wilby at:, Subject: COEEA Awards      

Include as attachments with your application the following:

  1. A narrative of no more than 800 words that explains how the nominee meets the award criteria.

  2. Supportive evidence of the nominee’s commitment to the award criteria. Examples include digital samples of handouts, student work, photos, newspaper articles, newsletters, etc.

  3.  Any letters of support from school administrators, colleagues, parents and/or students, including e-mail and phone contact information for each supporter.

The Selection Process

2021 nominations are closed. All materials were due by March 1, 2021.  Nominations were reviewed and ranked by the Awards Committee of the COEEA board.  

COEEA awards were presented at our Virtual Joint Conference with CT Conference on Natural Resources on March 15, 2021.

To Nominate