OUTstanding Teacher Award Nomination

Each year, Five Rivers MetroParks OUTstanding Teacher Award recognizes classroom educators who connect students with inspiring outdoor experiences that shape positive attitudes toward nature.

Winning teachers will receive an award package that includes:

  • Outdoor educational materials to assist in connecting students to the environment
  • Plant kit with plants selected for the winning teacher’s school
  • EECO (Environmental Education Council of Ohio) membership + money to use toward the 101 Conference at Camp Kern held annually the first weekend of October
  • A one-year membership to the Cox Arboretum Foundation and transportation for their class for a field trip to Cox Arboretum MetroPark.

How Do I Nominate?

You may either produce a video (5 minutes or shorter) or write a short essay that answers the following questions:

  • Why do you feel this teacher is deserving of the OUTstanding Teacher Award?
  • In what ways does this teacher get students outside during the school day?
  • In what ways does this teacher weave nature into the curriculum?
  • Does this teacher get students outdoors after typical school hours? Please provide specifics about what the teacher does!
  • What are the most significant positive impacts the nominee has made on other teachers/ the school community?
  • How does your candidate go above and beyond leading their students in outdoor experiences? Please provide specific examples of what the teacher does!
  • How does this teacher utilize outdoor space at the school? Have they created or enhanced a green school yard?
  • Why are you personally nominating this person?
  • Please choose two photos of the teacher that capture the great work they are doing, getting kids outside and bringing nature into the curriculum.

Post the video to YouTube and include the link in the form field below or upload the essay document in the Essay Upload field. For the video, don’t worry about production value as much as communicating why you think your nominee is the best candidate for the award.

OUTStanding Teacher Award Nomination

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