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 agency representatives. 

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.

Please visit our new StoryMap to learn more! 


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. 

Features and information will be posted below all month-long!






Related Resources

  • Written and illustrated by former National Wetlands Award Winner Sam Lovall, Mud Lake is a collection of short adventure stories about a group of young friends living in Haslett, Michigan, during the 1960s and 1970s. Available in print and ebook.