Enos A. Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

The Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by CAEE each year to an individual for long-term, outstanding achievements and contributions to EE. This award is named after Enos Mills, whose passion for environmental protection and education, photographs and writings were largely responsible for the decision by Congress in 1915 to establish Rocky Mountain National Park. Enos Mills spent his life discovering and experiencing nature, and working tirelessly to preserve it, by sharing its benefits with others through guiding, writing and photographs. Like Enos Mills, the award recipient has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of EE through a body of work.

For a person to be considered for the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, he/she must be nominated by his/her peers. 

View past Enos Mills Award recipients.

Nomination Criteria

Download the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award Scoring Criteria (This is the criteria used by reviewers when looking at nominations).

Nomination Materials

Step 1: Nomination Entry Form

Download the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Nomination Form

Step 2: Resume/CV

Submit the nominee's resume via email, which should be kept to a 4-page maximum, with no less than 11-point font and 1-inch margins. Include relevant professional and volunteer experiences, as well as any awards received throughout the nominee’s entire career in environmental education (EE).

Step 3: Main Application

Please submit a Word document via email (no PDF) that is no longer than 3 pages with 11 point font that includes the following items.

  • Summary: In 250 words or less, explain why you feel this person deserves the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Describe the issues, challenges, and/or needs in EE the nominee has addressed and document achievements or longstanding commitment by providing tangible evidence and/or quantifiable results of innovations and improvements.
  • Which audiences or constituencies have benefited and how?
  • Provide examples that demonstrate leadership.  
  • Specifically address how the nominee inspires peers, serves as a role model, shows dedication, demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity, and/or formed community partnerships.   

Step 4: Supplemental Materials

4 page limit. You may integrate other material and information into the nomination that will assist the Awards Committee in getting to know this person (e.g., samples of program/participants' evaluations, program brochures, short video/audio clip, photo slideshow, letters of support).

Step 5: Photographs & Organization Logo

Please send three high-resolution photographs (300 dpi or higher in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format) of the nominee. Please also attach a high resolution logo for his/her organization. Images embedded in a PDF page or Word document page will NOT work.  If the size of the photos and logo are very large, please consider share these items through a file sharing program such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Submitting Your Nomination


The nomination will be evaluated on the information you provide and its completeness, legibility, and clarity.

In the email subject line, please type the nominee's name and Enos Mills Award. Please submit the main application responses as a Word document. You can submit the other materials as a PDF if you prefer. Please name your attachments as follows:  Nominee Name-Enos Mills-Material Type (materials type examples: Entry Form; Resume; Application; Supplemental; Photo 1; Logo, , etc.).

If the size of the attachments are large, please consider sharing these items through a file sharing program such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.  Sharing settings should be set to allow CAEE to share materials with reviewers. If you send the attachments through email, please email awards@caee.org separately to confirm we received your nomination in case the email was too large to be delivered.

Photo Release: Any photos or other digital media submitted may be edited, copied, published, and distributed in CAEE communications and publications. Therefore you should have photo releases on file for any children pictured and permission to share those photos.