Environmental Excellence Awards


Each year we are inspired by stories of teachers and individuals making a difference for wildlife and wild places by inspiring our next generation of conservation leaders. They share our passion for helping to protect the world we share through education. Since 1993, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has recognized the outstanding efforts of educators across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment by creating a conservation ethic in today's youth.

In partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Educator of the Year provides national recognition, funding and a big “thank you” to the efforts of these exceptional environmental education leaders.

Nominations for the Environmental Educator of the Year are due by November 30 each year, however the deadline this year has been extended to February 18, 2015. 


Who Is Eligible to Apply?

The Environmental Educator of the Year could be an outstanding youth or adult that has made outstanding efforts to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.  Nominees can be formal or informal educators, but all must have demonstrated successes in motivating others to help preserve and protect our environment.  Nominees must be U.S. citizens and have a majority of their education success within the U.S.

What Does the Nominee Receive?

The recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year will receive $10,000 and an all expense paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association Conference.  They will be honored at an awards banquet at the conference.

How Do I Nominate?

Visit the NSTA Awards website for details on how to nominate your favorite environmental educator.


Teacher Study Pass

If you are a teacher from a participating school district, you can receive a complimentary pass to SeaWorld to learn how to incorporate marine science education into your curriculum. Click to learn if you qualify.


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