Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education

Each year the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes and honors individuals, organizations, and schools from around the state of Colorado for their innovation and dedication to moving the field of environmental and outdoor learning forward. We embrace and hope to celebrate the many related educational efforts that contribute to environmental and outdoor learning. Nominations are reviewed and selected by CAEE’s Award Selection Committee and approved by CAEE's Board of Directors. Award recognition takes place at the annual awards celebration event in the fall. 

2023 Excellence in Environmental Education Award Recipients

  • Enos A. Mills Award for Exemplary Contributions to Environmental Education:
  • Innovative EE Programs:
  • Outstanding Environmental Educators
  • Outstanding Young Environmental Leader:
  • Outstanding Retiring Educator Recognition:

See a list of past award recipients

View past award recognition booklets

Awards Celebration Event

Each year individuals and organizations from around the state of Colorado are recognized and honored for their hard work and dedication in the field of environmental education at an Awards Banquet. Awards honor and celebrate environmental education programs, the lifetime accomplishments of an individual in the field of environmental education, and retiring environmental educators. 

This year's Awards Celebration Event will be held in conjunction with CAEE's annual Advancing EE Conference at the new CSU Spur Campus in Denver. The awards presentation will take place on Friday, September 29th, 2023 at 4:00pm followed by a reception at 5:00pm. The Awards Celebration is included in CAEE’s general conference registration ( so you do not need to register separately if you plan to attend the full conference. If you plan to attend the Awards Celebration Event only, please register here by 9/26. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Nominate Excellent Environmental Education in Colorado 

Nominations for the 2023 Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education are now closed. The next nomination period will be in early 2024.

CAEE's awards recognize excellent environmental education and the many related education efforts that contribute to environmental and outdoor learning in the following categories: 

Read more about the nomination process and criteria.

Help CAEE recognize outstanding environmental education in Colorado by joining the Awards Selection Committee! For more information please email [email protected].