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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.


Past Recipients

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2020 Recipient

Conversation with David Padgett and Dixon Butler

David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Geographic and Information Sciences Laboratory at Tennessee State University, was named the winner of the 2020 YES Medal.

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2018 Recipient

 As CBF’s Vice President for Education, Tom works with an incredibly talented and passionate team, conducting the most compelling programs for students, teachers, and leaders in the field. 


2015 Recipient

Rick Bonney of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was selected as the winner of the 2015 Youth Environmental Science Medal. Underlying Rick’s work are his efforts to understand the social and learning outcomes of various models of public participation in science.


2019 Recipient

Maura Duffy, Conservation Project Manager at National Aquarium in Baltimore, has made a significant impact on environmental education in Baltimore and throughout Maryland through her work with the National Aquarium. 

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2016/2017 Recipient

Esri was awarded the 2016/2017 Youth Environmental Science Medal for its work  to bring the analytical power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to classrooms and empower students to do spatial analyses.


2014 Recipient

Dr. Rock's research focuses on the impact of air pollutants on forest species, utilizing Earth-orbiting satellite data and ground-based reflectance measurements.

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