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YES Medal

The Youth Environmental Science (YES) Medal is presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to youth learning as citizen environmental scientists. The Medal is presented to the recipient at an appropriate science, education, or environmental conference and is accompanied by a $10,000 grant to an organization of the recipient’s choosing to further the organization’s work consistent with the objectives of YLACES.


Award nominations will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Provides leadership over a sustained period of time to advance youth learning as student environmental scientists

  • Engages and inspires others to achieve significant results

  • Has collaborated with a range of stakeholders and institutions involved in environmental  science education

  • Track record of supporting student environmental science in the US or internationally


Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES) is soliciting nominations for these awards. Decisions about the Awards will be made by an awards committee comprised of YLACES Board members and other supporters of YLACES. 

Past recipients and their designated awardees include:

2020: David Padgett

2019: Maura Duffy, National Aquarium

2018: Tom Ackerman

2016/2017: ESRI, Roots and Shoots


2015: Rick Bonney, Cornell Ornithology Lab


2014: Dr. Barrett N. Rock,  New England Forest Watch

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