Environmental Education 
Association of Indiana
 
The Howard Michaud Award

This Award is given to an individual in recognition of their long-term devotion, dedication, and contributions to environmental education in the state of Indiana.
Howard Michaud began his career as a biology teacher in northeast Indiana, working summers as the first chief naturalist for the Indiana Division of State Parks. He then became a professor of conservation at Purdue University, where he stayed from 1946 to 1971. He was a founding father and officer of many conservation education organizations, including EEAI, and has been recognized in “Leaders of American Conservation” and “Who’s Who In America”. Howard Michaud was also named the first recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt award for an outstanding career in education in 1993. Howard’s contributions to conservation and environmental education have been an inspiration and model for all of those who follow. Anyone who has made a long time commitment in the field of environmental education can be nominated for this award. An individual need not be a member of EEAI to be nominated.


The Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award

Through the years, EEAI has given the Recognition of Excellence Awards to recognize specific achievements in the field of environmental education. Recipients of this award have been teachers, naturalists, education project coordinators, and natural resource agency personnel. In 1995 the name of this award was changed to the Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award, in honor of retiring Department of Education Science Consultant Joe Wright. Joe Wright was the first recipient of this award.
Joe began his duties with the Indiana Department of Education (then the Department of Public Instruction) in 1968, and from that time on began stimulating interest and enthusiasm in teachers for conservation education. He was quick to offer encouragement and provide educational resources and expertise whenever asked. Recipients of this award are recognized for current achievements in environmental education. A recipient need not be a member of EEAI.

Nomination  

 

If you would like to nominate someone for either the Howard Michaud or Joe Wright award, just fill out the most appropriate award nomination forms by clicking on this link:

 

Recognize Someone for their Good Work in the Field of Environmental Education.doc

 

Then send the nomination along with any supporting criteria to Jen Smith at mailto:jls9@indiana.edu.

 

*** Deadline for 2017 is August 1 *** 

 


The Presidents Award

The recipients of the President’s Award are selected by the current president of EEAI in recognition of their assistance to the organization or contributions to the field of environmental education during the past year. This award is given at the discretion of the president and may not be presented every year. A recipient need not be a member of EEAI.
 
2016
Presidents Award
Warren Gartner, DNR, Division of Fish & Wildlife

Joe Wright Award
Alison Zajdel, Cope Environmental Center
Nicole Messacar, LaPorte County SWCD

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Nancy Brown, Elkhart County SWCD

2015
Presidents Award
Paul Steury, Goshen Middle School

Joe Wright Award
Sandy Belth, Community Volunteer

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Fred Wooley, Pokagon State Park

2014
Presidents Award
Jan Sneddon, Earth Force

Joe Wright Award
Wanda Norris, Arrow Head  Country RC&D Education Committee President

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Ann Niednagel, Community Volunteer

2013
President's Award
Mary Hayes, Empower Results  and Brent Cummings, Jameson Camp

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Kate Ferguson, Fort Wayne Community Volunteer


2012
President’s Award
David Garner, Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs
Bernadette DeLeon

Joe Wright Award
Clint Kowalik, Go Fishing

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Paul Steury

2011
President’s Award
Kara Salazar, IUPUI

Joe Wright Award
Krista Daniels, Elkhart County Parks 

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Paul McAfee

2010
President’s Award
Sam Carman – DNR-Division of Forestry

Joe Wright Award
Jan Sneddon – Earth Force
David Garner – Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist, Indiana Dunes State Park
Stacy Duke – U.S. Forest Service

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
John Garner – Greencastle High School teacher

2009
President’s Award
Niki Schmutte & LaPorte Co. Parks & Recreation Dept.

Joe Wright Award
Al Walus – General Manager of Michigan City Sanitary Dist.
Laura Moyer – LaPorte Co. Parks & Recreation Dist.

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Mary Cutler – Tippecanoe Co. Parks & Recreation Dept. naturalist

2008
President’s Award
Deb Sachs

Joe Wright Award
Amanda Wuestefeld, Hoosier Outdoor Heritage Coord., IN Division of Fish & Wildlife
Indiana Wildlife Federation

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Dr. Lenore Tedesco, IUPUI

2007
President’s Award
Jules Erwin

Joe Wright Award
Jules Erwin
Paul McAfee

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Amanda Smith, Hamilton Co. Parks & Recreation

2006
President’s Award
Jules Erwin

Joe Wright Award
Glen Salmon, Director, Division of Fish & Wildlife

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Darci Zolman, Kosciusko Co. Soil & Water Conservation District
Niki Schmutte, LaPorte Co. Parks & Recreation

2005
President’s Award
Marvin McNew, Divison of State Parks & Reservoirs

Joe Wright Award
Amanda Wuestefeld, Division of Fish & Wildlife

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Don Van Meter, Ball State University

2004
President’s Award
Teresa Rody, IDNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs

Joe Wright Award
Lana Zimmer, teacher in Rensselaer

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Warren Gartner, IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife

2003
President’s Award
Paul Steury, Merry Lea Environmental Center

Joe Wright Award
Jan Stout, Miami County SWCD

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Ginger Murphy, IDNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs

2002
President’s Award
Paul McAfee

Joe Wright Award
Jill Pressler, LaPorte County SWCD
Joyce Weber, teacher at Parkside Elementary, LaGrange

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Cathy Meyer, Naturalist, Monroe County Parks & Recreation Department

2001
President’s Award
IDNR Natural Resources Education Center

Joe Wright Award
Carole Koos, teacher

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Larry Yoder, Merry Lea Environmental Center

2000
President’s Award
Deborah Messenger, IDNR Division of Soil Conservation

Joe Wright Award
Ruth Bender, teacher

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Millie Redweik, teacher

1999
President’s Award
Cathy Meyer, Naturalist, Monroe County Parks & Recreation Department

Joe Wright Award
Mary Cutler, Naturalist, Tippecanoe County Parks & Recreation Department

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Doug Waldman, teacher at Homestead High School, Ft. Wayne

1998
President’s Award
Darci Zolman, Kosciusko County SWCD

Joe Wright Award
Fred Walden, teacher at Spencer Elementary, Spencer

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
John Rouch, retired teacher, Fairfield High School

1997
Joe Wright Award
Darci Zolman, Kosciusko County SWCD

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Sue Schlemmer, LaGrange County SWCD

1996
President’s Award
Shelley Mitchell, Education Director, Indianapolis Zoo

Joe Wright Award
Patricia Sirk, teacher at Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School in Woodburn
Greg Gerke, Natural Resource Specialist, Marion County SWCD

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Clyde Hibbs, retired professor, Ball State University

1995
Recognition of Excellence

Linda Johnston, Indianapolis Clean City Committee
Susan Sheets, 6th grade teacher, Cleveland Elementary School, Elkhart
John Russell, District Wildlife Biologists, IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Mark Bennett, District Wildlife Biologists, IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife

President’s Award
Susan Schultz, Environmental Education Coordinator for the Greenfield-Central
Community Schools

Joe Wright Award *

Joe Wright, Environmental Science Consultant, IDOE

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence

Sam Carman, IDNR Division of Forestry and CREED editor

* from this point on, the “Joe Wright Award” replaces the “Recognition of Excellence” award

1994
Recognition of Excellence
Barb Moore, IDNR Division of Forestry
Mel Lennox
Susan Fowler, “Harmony of Hands”

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Ron Dixon, Natural Resources Consultant

1993
Recognition of Excellence

Jim Eagleman, Naturalist at Brown County State Park
Marty Alenduff, Environmental Science Consultant, IDOE
Warren Gartner, IDNR Division of Fish and Wildlife

President’s Award
Sam Carman, IDNR Division of Forestry and CREED editor

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Dr. Marshall Parks, Indiana State University

1992
Recognition of Excellence

Rick Glassman, St. Joseph Co. SWCD
Sheryl Meyer, Anderson Highland High School, Anderson

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Joe Wright, IDOE

1991
Recognition of Excellence

Lee Sauer, Auburn
Nancy Kasdorf, Fort Wayne
Frank Williams, Westlane Middle School, Indianapolis

President’s Award
Doug Waldman, Homestead High School, Ft. Wayne

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence

Dr. William Eberly, Biology Dept., Manchester College

1990
Recognition of Excellence

Karen Farlow, Auburn
Pam Sommer, teacher in Muncie
Susan Schultz, outdoor lab coordinator at Eden Elementary School, Greenfield

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence

Emily Kress, principal of St. Lawrence School, Muncie

1989
Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Howard Michaud, retired Professor of Conservation, Purdue University

1988
Recognition of Excellence
Ned Stump, teacher at Prairie Heights High School, LaGrange

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Cynthia Wiley, Hamilton county teacher
John Van Sickle, Marion county teacher

1987
Recognition of Excellence
Indiana Farm Bureau
Warren Gartner, IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Shelley Mitchell, IDNR Division of Forestry

Certificates of Appreciation presented to:
Darrell McGriff, Agronomist, Huntington County SCS
Jeff Cummings, Naturalist, Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area
Ron Dixon, Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District

Howard Michaud Award of Environmental Excellence
Mary Cressel, USDA Soil Conservation Service

The Michaud award was originally to be a 2-part award: one award to an educator (which we have continued to do) and one to a student, to include a savings bond (which has not been continued). The first and only recipient of the student Michaud Award was Andrea E. Hogan, high school junior from Greenwood, for her environmental education science project at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair. She received the award and a $50 savings bond.

1986
Recognition of Excellence
Jerry Sweeten, Director of Asherwood Environmental Center, Marion

Special Recognition awards presented to:
IDNR Division of Forestry
IDNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
USDA Soil Conservation Service

1985
Certificate of Appreciation

Sam Carman, IDNR Division of Forestry

1984
Award of Merit
Ron Dixon, Marion County SWCD

1983: no awards noted

1982: no awards noted

1981
(awards names unknown)

Herbert Montgomery, Seymour
Jim Jontz, Williamsport
Marion Community School Corporation, Marion
Prairie Heights High School, LaGrange
Indiana Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America

1980: no awards noted

1978
Achievement Awards

Don Winslow, Assoc. Prof. of Education, Indiana University
Audrey Tanner, 6th grade teacher at Northwestern Elementary School, Howard County
Carol Wood, 6th grade teacher, South Elementary School, Danville

1977
(awards names unknown)
John Moody, Indiana University Southeast
Earl Dawald, 6th grade teacher at Monmouth School in Adams county.

1976
(awards names unknown)

Joe Wright, EE Consultant, Indiana Dept. of Public Instruction
Clyde Hibbs, Dept. of Natural Resources, Ball State University

1975
Certificate in Recognition of Achievement in Designing Distinguished Environmental
Study Areas
Glenn Linnert, EE Director, New Albany-Floyd Co. Schools
Howard H. Michaud, CREED editor
Douglas L. Waldman, Homestead Jr.-Sr. High School, Fort Wayne.
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