Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists assists and rewards the implementation of inquiry-based, experiential science education where students do science and contribute to understanding of our environment through recognition and financial reward programs.

Grants range from support for taking simple measurements to teacher professional development and working for pervasive inclusion of student research projects in science teaching.



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Youth Environmental Science 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.

2020 Recipient: David Padgett

2019 Recipient: Maura Duffy

2018 Recipient: Tom Ackerman
2016/2017 Recipient: Esri
2015 Recipient: Rick Bonney
2014 Recipient: Dr. Barrett N. Rock