The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to nominate students for the 2018 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards.

Nominations must be based on actions or projects that have taken place between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Nominations will be accepted through June 22. A winner will be chosen from three categories: elementary, for first through fourth grades; middle school, for fifth through eighth grades; and high school, for ninth through 12th grades.

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have helped protect, restore or enhance of Delaware’s natural resources through demonstrating environmental stewardship, initiating an innovative project, increasing public awareness and demonstrating environmental ethics.

Winners will be honored in a special ceremony on Governor’s Day at the 2018 Delaware State Fair, July 26. Each category winner will receive a certificate, gift card and prize pack in recognition of his or her contribution to the community.

This is the 25th year for the Young Environmentalist awards program, which was established by colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. “Toby” Clark II, who served as secretary of DNREC from 1989 to 1993.

Nominations may be submitted by mail to Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or by email to joanna.wilson@state.de.us.

For nomination forms and more, visit dnrec.delaware.gov/admin/pages/youngenv.aspx or call 739-9902.