CARLTON, Mass. — Chewonki Foundation of Wiscasset, Maine, has been named this year’s recipient of the Maria Pirie Environmental Program Award from the New England Environmental Education Alliance. Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom program, started in 1971, is celebrating its 40th year of providing environmental education programs in New England.
Program director Katie Tremblay accepted the award on behalf of Chewonki at NEEEA’s 45th annual conference, held at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Carlton, Mass. During the conference annual awards for outstanding environmental educators and programs were presented.
“It was a thrill and an honor to accept this award,” said Katie upon her return. “Even more exciting was the reaction of our colleagues in environmental education when Chewonki was announced the winner. We received an enormously positive, heartwarming reaction from members of New England’s environmental education community.”
“The Outdoor Classroom staff and Katie deserve the highest praise for this honor,” said Chewonki president Willard Morgan. “Our OC program is one of the last in the country that still incorporates camping as a central theme, our educators work extremely hard in challenging conditions, and we are proud of our unique brand of environmental education and the lasting impact we see on students and schools.”
The New England Environmental Education Alliance is a network of professional environmental education organizations from the six New England states. The organization promotes and supports environmental education in the region through professional development, affiliation with the North American Association of Environmental Education, collaboration and networking and recognition of outstanding individuals and programs. For more information visit: www.neeea.org.