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Bay Nature seeks Young Local Conservation Heroes

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Bay Nature seeks Young Local Conservation Heroes

We know they’re out there … dynamic and dedicated young people who are doing great things for Bay Area conservation. Now we’re asking for your help in finding them.

Why? Because we’ve got a Local Hero Award for Youth Engagement to give out at our annual awards dinner and we think you might have a good candidate for this honor. 

Every year, Bay Nature honors three “Local Heroes” who are making significant contributions to the understanding, protection, and stewardship of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. And one of those is a young person who represents the future of conservation in our community. 

To qualify, a nominee must:

- be 25 years old or younger;

- live or work in (or have significant connections to) the nine-county Bay Area;

- be involved in work that has significant impact within the Bay Area.

The nomination process is simple; we just need a short statement describing the candidate’s qualifications and some contact information. Please submit your nomination here.

The next Bay Nature Local Hero Awards event will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2017. The regional conservation community will gather to celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by three individuals to the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. The award recipients will be honored at the dinner and also be interviewed for publication in Bay Nature magazine. The nomination process is open until Friday, September 30, 2016.

There are three award categories:

1. CONSERVATION ACTION
This award goes to an individual who has made significant contributions to the conservation of the natural landscapes, wildlife, and/or flora of the San Francisco Bay Area, through advocacy, legal action, acquisition, and/or stewardship.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
This award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made significant contributions to public understanding and awareness of the natural history and ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area, through research, teaching, field trips, journalism, and/or other media.

3. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
This award goes to an individual, 25 years old or younger, who is making significant contributions in the fields of natural history, stewardship of the natural world, conservation action, and/or environmental education. The recipient of the Youth Engagement Award also receives a $250 cash award.

All nominees must live or work in the nine-county Bay Area and be involved in work that has significant impact within the Bay Area. Final selections will be made by the board and staff of the Bay Nature Institute.

This year’s Local Hero Awards Dinner will be held at the USCF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. For information about tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and silent auction items, contact judith@baynature.org, or call (510)528-8550 x105.