Conservation Awards

Award winners 2016Visit our 2016 conservation awards page to learn which individuals and organizations were honored at our November awards banquet and to see photos of the evening's festivities.

Each year we invite you to nominate individuals and organizations that have made noteworthycontributions to the environment in our region over the past year in these categories:

Robert H. and Esther L. Cooper Conservation Award: the chapter's highest honor, for overall contributions to, conservation of, and appreciation for the natural environment

Clyde W. Hibbs Conservation Education Award: for excellence in educating the area's children, youth, and /or adults on conservation issues and practices

Richard Greene Public ServiceAward: for active involvement in serving the public's environmental interests and concerns

Phyllis Yuhas Wildlife Habitat Preservation Award: for development or preservation of habitat that contains significant wildlife and/or native plant life populations

Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award: for excellence in conservation practices by a youth under the age of 18

If you know of an individual or organization that deserves recognition for its service to the natural environment in any of the above categories, please send your nomination, along with a description of the nominee and his or her contact information, to Sarah McKillip, at or at 2804 W. Sun Valley Pkwy, Muncie, Ind. 47303. Nominations may be submitted at any time.

Nominees need not reside in our chapter’s seven-county region and they need no affiliation with the Audubon Society. (Check to see if your nominee has already received an award.)

Past award winners

Our chapter presented its first two conservation awards in 1983 and quickly expanded to four annual awards. The Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award followed in 2003. All five awards given today are named in honor of individuals who've had a significant impact in our community's or chapter's work to serve and protect the natural environment.

You can peruse the entire list here.