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2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Rachel Carson Award

Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful of Stamford, Conn., received the Rachel Carson Award for its dedication to teach young children the importance of nature. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) sees the connection between its mission and providing opportunities for children to connect with nature. To provide these opportunities, KAB sought to inspire its 1,200 affiliates to create nature-rich green spaces in their communities, where children can interact with the wonders of nature in a safe setting. Through the Nature Explore Classroom kit created by KAB, affiliates are engaged in the principles and inspired to support local projects in various ways. KAB is helping to create a Nature Explore Classroom at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Conn., which is located near its national headquarters. In addition to serving Stamford children, this new classroom will serve as a model for KAB's nationwide affiliates.

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.