Nominations for WildCare’s prestigious Terwilliger Environmental Award are now open!

Mrs T seaweedDeadline for nominations is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Honor your favorite Bay Area environmental educator by nominating him or her for the 2017 Terwilliger Environmental Award!

In addition to the recognition that this prestigious award carries, WildCare offers a $2,000 cash prize for the award winner. The award recipient will also be honored at a special award ceremony in the early evening on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Click for the online nomination form.

Click here for the print-and-mail PDF nomination form.

Click for the nomination criteria.

Nationally renowned naturalist and educator, Elizabeth Terwilliger, known affectionately as Mrs. T, was truly an inspiration to generations of Bay Area residents, and her multi-sensory teaching techniques continue to be the basis of WildCare’s Nature Education programs.

Mrs. T believed that environmental education was key to inspiring children to care for the natural world and always said, “Teach children to love nature; people take care of the things they love.”

Mrs T red hatThe Terwilliger Environmental Award honors an educator who:

  • Is actively involved in teaching the public to appreciate and protect the natural environment
  • Has made a significant difference and a real impact on the Bay Area
  • Inspires children and adults to love nature by making the study of nature interesting, fun and exciting
  • Demonstrates a commitment to responsible action for the environment and a sustainable world
  • Shows consistent interest and determination in both the length and variety of his/her environmental activities
  • Leads with new insights and methods for environmental education.

WildCare’s selection committee will review nominations and will announce a winner in May 2017.

Previous award recipients include:

  • 2016 David Herlocker
  • 2015  Ane Carla Rovetta
  • 2014 Meryl Sundove, National Audubon Society, Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory, Bay Shore Studies and S.T.R.A.W
  • 2012 Charles McGlashan, Marin County Supervisor
  • 2011 Sharon Barnett, Marin Nature Adventures
  • 2010 Norm Gershenz,
  • 2009 John Muir Laws, California Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 Joe Mueller, College of Marin
  • 2007 Laurette Rogers, Bay Institute, STRAW
  • 2006 Leora Feeney, Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge
  • 2005 Zeva Longley, Canal Child Care Center
  • 2004 Margaret Goodale, Randall Museum
  • 2003 Wendy Dreskin, California Native Plant Society
  • 2002 Jeanne Casella, Mary E. Silveira Elementary School and Laura Dax Honda, Manor Elementary School (tie)
  • 2001 Dr. Martin Griffin, environmental activist and author