Environmental Stewardship Awards

By Giving List Staff   |   February 10, 2023

Explore Ecology is looking for environmental heroes to honor at this year’s Earth Day Festival. Do you know someone who protects and preserves the environment and inspires others to do the same? Nominations are now open for the Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards. Each year, the local nonprofit honors teachers, individual students, school support staff, and classes or clubs committed to helping the environment and making a significant difference in our community.

Nominations are being accepted online at: https://exploreecology.org/environmental-stewardship-awards/

Winners will receive their awards onstage at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. The deadline for nominations is March 31st, 2023.

“After a three year hiatus, due to the COVID pandemic, the Explore Ecology awards are back! We’re happy to invite community members once again to visit our website and make their nominations. If you know of someone who is an unsung eco hero, we would love to honor them!” says Jill Cloutier, PR Director for Explore Ecology. “For an uplifting and inspiring event, don’t miss the awards ceremony at Earth Day in April. We hope everyone will join us to honor and support the children and teachers in Santa Barbara County who are dedicated to helping the earth and each other.”

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

Teacher and School Staff: These awards honor the achievements of teachers and school staff who have made significant contributions to educating about the environment, impacting youth, and inspiring their class and school through teaching and action. There are two awards in this category, one for teachers or staff of grades K to 6th, and another for grades 7th to 12th. 

Class or Club: This honors a class or school club that has raised awareness, protected the environment, and influenced their school community. There is one award in this category for grades K to 12th.

Student: This award goes to students who have committed their time to care for the environment in a significant way. There are two awards in this category for students in grades K to 6th and 7th to 12th.

Visit ExploreEcology.org/Environmental-Stewardship-Awards/ to fill out the Nomination Form. Self-nominations are welcome. 

A judging panel comprised of Explore Ecology staff will select the winners. All nominations must be received by March 31st, 2023.


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Executive Director: Lindsay Johnson


The mission of Explore Ecology is to promote a greater understanding of the connections between people and their environment and to encourage creative thinking through hands-on environmental education and artistic expression. We empower our community to protect and preserve the environment through environmental education and creative exploration.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

What sets Explore Ecology apart is its dedication to hands-on participation. Students see presentations and read about the environment. With our programs, they’re actually going to the beach to learn about watersheds, or creating art with reuse materials, or checking on a plant that they grew. That’s what gets them super excited and engaged.
Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director, Explore Ecology

Help Plant the Seeds of Change

$50 – Cultivate Young Minds: Provide a year of school garden education for one child.

$250 – Fuel Field Trips: Sponsor a school bus for 60 students to take an Explore Ecology field trip and explore the wonders of nature firsthand.

$500 – Nurture Creativity: Fund five local artists to teach Makerspace art workshops.

$1,000 – Clean Our Coast: Sponsor a beach cleanup event, making our beaches safer and cleaner. 

$2,500 – Equip Our Educators: Help purchase education materials for the Watershed Resource Center where students and the public learn about keeping our water clean!

Key Supporters

American Riviera Bank
Audacious Foundation
Brighten Solar
Coastal Fund at UCSB
Deckers Brands
Garden Club of Santa Barbara
Johnson Ohana Foundation
McGowan Guntermann
Mission Wealth
Montecito Bank & Trust
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Sunrise Charitable Foundation
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Ynez Band
of Chumash Indians
Michel Saint-Sulpice
Teachers’ Fund
Village Properties
The Miller Family Fund
Tisha Weber Ford
Towbes Foundation
Laura and Geof Wyatt
Yardi Systems