Rhode Island Environmental
Education Association

Environmental Education Awards

Each year, RIEEA recognizes educators, youth, organizations, and schools across Rhode Island who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and dedication to help their communities learn about the environment and engage in outdoor learning and recreation. Nominations are solicited from the community each summer and we celebrate the winners in the fall.

2023 Environmental Education Awards Presented by SouthCoast Wind

Congratulations to the 2023 Awardees! Each of these winners exemplify dedication and commitment to environmental education and outdoor learning and recreation.

Adrienne Buckley, Teacher of the Year
Lizz Malloy, Environmental Educator of the Year
Maggie Lauder, Student/Youth of the Year
Wild Lives, Organization of the Year

We had a lovely time recognizing and celebrating these amazing folks at the Save The Bay Center on Thursday, October 5, 2023. There was delicious food by More Than A Meal; tasty beverages donated by Newport Vineyards, Long Live Beerworks, The Granny Squibb Company, and Belmont Market; beautiful music performed by Jen Long/The Whale Guitar and Avi Jacob; and exquisite flowers from What Cheer Flower Farm – not to mention lots of laughter, loads of inpsiration, and a more than a few tears of joy.


Nominations for next year’s EE Awards will be posted in mid-2024!

Photo of 2023 Environmental Education Awardees

Past Recipients:


  • Student of the Year: Fiona Brand
  • Teacher of the Year: Stacy Gale
  • Nonformal Educator of the Year: Tracey Hall
  • Organization of the Year: The Greene School


  • All Rhode Island Teachers in recognition of all of their hard work in 2020 – and beyond – to keep our children healthy, safe, and academically engaged, many times outdoors!


  • Student of the Year: Willa Phillips
  • Teacher of the Year: Jane O’Connell
  • Informal Educator of the Year: Bill Oakes         
  • Organization of the Year: Movement Education Outdoors


  • Student of the Year: Brendan Peck
  • Teacher of the Year: Doreen Schiff
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Kimberly Sullivan          
  • Program of the Year: The Empowerment Factory


  • Teacher of the Year: Kerri Withrow Valentine
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Lisa Maloney


  • Teacher of the Year: Holly Emery
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Molly Allard        


  • Teacher of the Year: Ray Allsworth        
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: April Alix

2022 Award Winners, above from left to right: Student of the Year Fiona Brand, Teacher of the Year Stacy Gale, Nonformal Educator of the Year Tracey Hall, and Founder/Board Chair and Students of Organization of the Year, The Greene School.

2020 Award Winners

2020 Award Winners, above from left to right: Jo Ayuso of Organization of the Year Movement Education Outdoors, Informal Educator of the Year Bill Oakes, Teacher of the Year Jane O’Connell, and Student of the Year Willa Phillips.

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