National Wetlands Awards

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the National Wetlands Awards!

Since 1989, the National Wetlands Awards (NWAs) have been presented annually to individuals who have excelled in wetlands protection, restoration, and education. Through coordinated media outreach, educational events, and an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, awardees receive national recognition and attention for their outstanding efforts. 

The NWA program brings awareness to the value of wetlands and celebrates the important work being done to protect them. Over the years, we have given awards to 225 individuals, communities, and agencies. 

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the National Wetlands Awards! In lieu of a ceremony, we are celebrating this milestone by highlighting the amazing work of our past awardees.

Throughout the month of May (American Wetlands Month) we will be featuring past awardees on ELI's website, People Places Planet podcast, and social media platforms. We are also taking this opportunity to foster community amongst those who work to protect and restore our wetlands and share information and resources. 

Coming in May, updates and links will be posted below.