Application Deadline: January 15, 2012
San Francisco-based nonprofit Action for Nature invites youth ages 8-16 to submit environmental projects for their annual Eco-Hero Awards. Like Hostelling International's Outdoor Hostel Adventure program, the Eco-Hero Awards aim to promote environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy among youth.
Applicants should submit a project that concerns environmental health, advocacy, research, or protection. Winners receive up to $500 towards their project, as well as publicity and memberships to various nature clubs.
Past award winner Claire Dworsky is a great example of the type of youth Action For Nature aims to support. As a young soccer player, Claire overheard arguments among adults about whether sports fields made of plastic were unhealthy for kids, and she wondered what was in the run-off water that she stepped in when she played. Claire's research showed that most of San Francisco's turf field run-off water contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals which were in excess of state and federal guidelines. This is believed to be the first study of its kind.