2013 National Arbor Day Awards

Rachel Carson Award

Donna Love, Air Force Special Operations Command
Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson, California

Donna Love, Air Force Special Operations Command<br>Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson, California

Donna Love, Donna Love, Air Force Special Operations Command:
Under Love's leadership, three certified Nature Explore Classrooms were constructed at Hurlburt and Cannon Air Force bases. Love also worked with the Nature Explore program to set up trainings for personnel staff on other Air Force bases, creating new advocates across the country. As a result of her efforts, the Department of Defense is working with Nature Explore on sixty new classrooms, an impact that will be felt for generations to come.

Lakeshore Learning Materials, Carson, California:
Through keynote addresses and conferences, Lakeshore Learning Materials President Kevin Carnes makes the case that outdoor learning classrooms achieve large-scale impact in spaces large and small, and on a reasonable budget. The inspiration starts at company headquarters in Carson, California, where the company built a Nature Explore classroom at Lakeshore's on-site preschool serving the children of employees, helping to make research-based outdoor learning a part of children's daily lives. The inspiration for outdoor learning has also spread to Lakeshore's network of employees and customers in other states.

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