Enos A. Mills Award for Exemplary Contributions to Environmental Education

The Enos A. Mills Award for Exemplary Contributions to Environmental Education is the highest honor presented by CAEE each year to an individual for long-term, outstanding achievements and contributions to environmental and outdoor learning. 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 must demonstrate exemplary vision, character, practice, and impact to the field of EE through a body of work.

Self-nominations are not accepted for this award. 

View past Enos A. Mills Award recipients.

Nomination Process and Scoring Criteria

Nominating a person for the Enos A. Mills Award for Exemplary Contributions to Environmental Education is a three-step process:

Step 1: Nomination Materials

Please see the detailed information in the section below on the required elements of the nomination.

Step 2: Interview

After the nomination deadline, members of the Awards Committee will schedule and conduct a brief interview with each nominator who has submitted a complete application to clarify nomination materials and address any additional questions.

Step 3: Applicant Scoring

Award reviewers from the Awards Committee will evaluate each nomination based on how well it addresses the four categories of criteria within scoring rubric. These four categories include: Vision, Practice, Impact and Character. Individual scores will be discussed at an Awards Selection Meeting at which the recipient will be determined.

View the Enos A. Mills Award for Exemplary Contributions to Environmental Education Nomination Process and Scoring Rubric to better understand how applications will be scored and for a detailed breakdown each scoring category that must be addressed in the nomination materials.

Nomination Materials


The nomination must meet all requirements for consideration. If necessary, please consult the nominee to obtain complete information.

Nomination Entry Form

Download and complete the Enos Mills Nomination Form

Impact Summary

Review the scoring categories and criteria here. Select at least one and no more than two of the following options to address how the nominee demonstrates the criteria in the scoring rubric:

  • A written narrative (max 1 page)
  • Video (max 3 minutes)
  • Slideshow (max 5 slides)
  • Short story (max 1 page)

Three Letters of Support

Select three people who can provide letters of support for this nominee. Review the four categories in the rubric (Vision, Practice, Impact, Character). Have a conversation with each of the three letter writers and determine among them how all four categories will be addressed and how they will complement and enhance the nominator Impact Summary. Together, your letter writers should address how the nominee demonstrates criteria within all four categories.

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/their organization (this could be the organization from which the nominee retired, a current organization logo or the one where the nominee worked the longest). Please do not submit images embedded in a PDF page or Word document.  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.  

Optional: Submit nominee resume/CV (max 4 pages)

Submitting Your Nomination

EMAIL ALL REQUIRED ITEMS TO [email protected] BY APRIL 12, 2024.

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

In the email subject line, please type the nominee's name and Enos Mills Award. Please submit the Nomination Entry Form 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 [email protected] 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.