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2015 National Arbor Day Awards

The 2015 Arbor Day Awards honored thirteen individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship. Read their stories and watch videos about the winners by clicking on any award below. You can also view photos of the Arbor Day 2015 award weekend.

Evan Barnard, John’s Creek, GA
Award for Education Innovation

Evan Barnard is a student at John's Creek High School in Georgia. He began work on a Braille trail—a nature trail with Braille signage and guide ropes to improve access for the visually impaired. The experience to walk freely along the trail is a unique opportunity for those usually unable to enjoy the forest. Evan is sharing his work with legislators and others and as a participant in TEDx Global Youth Day—a series of events all around the world designed to empower and inspire young people.


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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.