2013 National Arbor Day Awards

Award for Education Innovation

Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects, a nonprofit based in Glendora, California, is the recipient of the Award for Education Innovation. With operations in Haiti, Ethiopia and Madagascar, Eden Projects have supported the planting of 57 million trees and created job opportunities for 3,500 full and partial season employees. Under the Eden Projects model, seedlings are grown, planted as young trees and nurtured to maturity by local residents trained to act as "guards" for the emerging forests.

This year’s winners are:

Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.

Photos provided by: ACTrees - Burnell Fischer - City of Carmel, IN - City of Valparaiso, IN - Dimensions Educational Research Foundation - Donna Love - Dr. Waddell Barnes - Eden Reforestation Projects - Florida Forest Service - Friends of Grand Rapids Parks - ©Joseph O’Brien / USDA Forest Service - Kemba Shakur - Lakeshore Learning Materials - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Northern Indiana Public Service Company - Plant With Purpose - Punta Gorda - Steve Schroeder - Texas Forest Service - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - The Salinas Californian - UPS - Urban ReLeaf