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. Additionally, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Environmental Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding students who are making a positive impact on the planet by leading environmental education or conservation programs in their community.

Nominations for Environmental Educator of the Year

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.  Nominations for the Environmental Educator of the Year are currently open and close on December 31, 2015.

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.

Youth Environmental Excellence Award

At SeaWorld, we believe it is critical for young people to take conservation action at an early age. Each year, we recognize the work of the next generation of conservation leaders with the Environmental Excellence Awards. Members of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council, a group of young leaders from across the country, who provide input and support to our work from a youth perspective, help coordinate the Environmental Excellence Awards program by working with us to identify outstanding young people up to age 22 leading exemplary environmental education and conservation projects. This year, the Council will accept up to 150 applications for the Environmental Excellence Awards in the order in which they are received through March 17, 2017. Awardees receive the Environmental Excellence Award, a trip for two to SeaWorld for the Environmental Excellence Awards reception, and $1,000 to assist in helping with their efforts to change our world. Awardees will also gain recognition for their achievement in our parks and through our online and social media presence.

To be considered for the award you must:

  • Complete and submit the written and video application.
  • Be 22 years old or younger as of March 17, 2017 and a resident of the United States.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field of environmental conservation.
  • Not be an employee or have a member of your immediate family that is an employee at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

Click here to complete the application by March 17, 2017.

Questions? Contact seaworldconservation@gmail.com


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