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2016 Award Winners - Nature Vision
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The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will recognize Nature Vision with the SETAC/Menzie Environmental Education Award at the SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, 6 November in Orlando, Florida.

The SETAC/Menzie Environmental Education Award requires the recipient to make significant contributions to environmental education either through educating other educators or by working with community groups and K-12 programs. The Nature Vision program in King County, Washington, believes that exposure to nature and environmental science at a young age will foster future stewards. They have worked diligently to expand their programming, which does just that, to over 65,000 students annually. Nature Vision is a small operation, but they have partnered with water districts, communities and educators throughout the region to provide roughly 70 programs of varying environmental topics. They provide PreK-12th grade interactive courses, operate a Forest to Farm preschool facility, run nature-themed summer camps, offer hands-on field work in sites near to schools, promote environmental stewardship projects, and more.

The focus of the 2016 award was on programs that enhance environmental literacy and awareness in youth, K-12 and the community. Nature Vision develops curricula that support the Next Generation Science Standards, which makes integrating their offerings into school learning seamless. One National Board Certified teacher wrote, “Nature Vision has been instrumental in giving out students not only a conservation knowledge base, but also empowering them to make positive changes in our community.”