Connect to Nature Site Award

Connect to Nature Site/School Award

Thank you for accepting the challenge to be a “Best in Ohio” Connect to Nature School/Site! Your efforts help our children to become healthier, happier, and smarter!

Nominate a School/Community Site/Business

Become recognized for the good work your agency is doing to connect children to nature!  Our next recognition event will be in March during our MVLNCI Summit.  Submit your application by March 1st each year for consideration.

Schools that receive the award can request an assembly-style presentation for their students!

Click here to see news coverage of one of those programs!


Connect to Nature Site Challenge for Schools

Letter of Introduction

School Site Certification Form

School Nomination Form

Supplemental Materials for School Certification

Resources to meet criteria for SCHOOLS

Site Certification Form

Site Nomination Form

Site Certification

Resources to meet criteria for SITES

Award Recipients:

Awarded March 30, 2019 

Darke County Park District: Bish Discovery Center 

Five Rivers MetroParks: Deeds Point MetroPark 

Five Rivers MetroParks: Huffman MetroPark 

Five Rivers MetroPark: Island MetroPark 

Five Rivers MetroParks: Medlar Conservation Area

Five Rivers MetroParks: Riverscape MetroPark

Five Rivers MetroParks: Sunrise MetroPark 

Five Rivers MetroParks: Wolf Creek Rail Trail 

Five Rivers MetroParks: Woodman Fen Conservation Area 

Greenville Public Library

The Light Foundation: Chenoweth Trails 

Miami County Park District: Charleston Falls Preserve 

Miami County Park District: Garbry Big Woods Reserve 

Oakes Beitman Memorial Library 

Wright State University: College of Education and Human Services

Awarded Spring, 2018

Brukner Nature Center

Five Rivers MetroParks: Carriage Hill

Five Rivers MetroParks: Eastwood

Five Rivers MetroParks: Wegerzyn Gardens

Five Rivers MetroParks: Wesleyan  

Miami County Park District: Lost Creek Preserve

Miracle Makers: Lincoln Hill Gardens Site

Awarded Fall, 2017

Piqua Central Intermediate School

Centerville Primary Village South

Evergreen Children’s Center

Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool

Nicholas Residential Treatment Center (Montgomery County)

Centerville-Washington Park District: Bill Yeck Park

Bombeck Family Learning Center

Caesar Creek State Park

Five Rivers MetroParks: Cox Arboretum

Five Rivers MetroParks: Adventure Central

Five Rivers MetroParks: Germantown

Five Rivers MetroParks: Hills and Dales

Five Rivers MetroParks: Sugarcreek

Five Rivers MetroParks: Possum Creek

Awarded April 10th, 2017:

Spring Creek Elementary School

Little Hearts Daycare

Five Rivers MetroParks: Englewood MetroPark

Miami County Park District: Stillwater Prairie Reserve

Darke County Park District: Shawnee Prairie Preserve

Centerville-Washington Park District: Grant Park

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