The first Youth Environmental Day was conducted on May 16, 1964, at Holley River State Park. Today, the event
is celebrated annually at North Bend State Park, the third Saturday in May. Hundreds of participants
annually attend. Highlighting the activities is the presentation of more than $15,000 in cash awards and
scholarships in recognition of outstanding environmental accomplishments by the youth groups enrolled in the
Special guests may include the governor, the DEP cabinet secretary, representatives from several award
sponsors and dignitaries. Many exhibits are featured, including the WV Division of Forestry, West Virginia
State Parks, Raptor Rehabilitation, REAP, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement
featuring Eddie Eagle and Robo Deer, and many more.
Camping is available for those participants wanting to stay for the weekend. Lunch on Saturday is also
provided free to all participants.
Rick Vecellio Memorial Conservation Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to an active Youth Environmental Program member with exemplary conduct throughout his/her school years.
Recipient will receive $2,500 per year for 4 years. The scholarship is made available by the Vecellio Family Foundation, Inc., Beckley.
Isaiah Ash, Doddridge County 4-H Club and Doddridge County High School
Sustainable Forestry Art Poster Award
A $150 award will be presented for the poster that expresses ideas on Sustainable Forestry which involves the management
of hardwood forests through natural regeneration.
Emmalea Warden, Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County
Maple Award (Tree Planting)
The $300 Maple Award is presented to the youth group completing the best tree planting project.
Teens for Change, Kanawha County
Teens for Change
Environmental Achievement Award
The $300 Environmental Achievement award is presented to a newly enrolled youth group that has shown the most progress through participation
in community environmental projects.
Wahama High School, Mason County
Wahama High School
Governor Jim Justice Beautification Awards
Youth Beautification Award is presented to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of community litter prevention, clean-up and beautification.
Letart Pioneers 4-H Club, Mason County
Letart Pioneers 4-H Club
The Recycling Awards are presented to youth groups with the best overall recycling projects.
Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club, Wood County
Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club
Mountain State Award of Excellence
This $500 award is for clubs that have won first place the last two years in the Mountain Laurel, Bear and Rhododendron categories and previous Mountain
State Award of Excellence winners only.
Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County
Highland School Hawks Conservation Club
Recycling Education and Awareness Awards
Education and Awareness awards are given to the youth groups with the best community recycling education and awareness project based on club and
New Haven Elementary, Mason County
New Haven Elementary
Save Our Streams (SOS) Award
This $300 award is given to the youth group whose project(s) meets the goals of the Save Our Streams (SOS) Program, which are increasing West Virginia's ability to
monitor the quality of state rivers and streams and enhancing public awareness of the need for their protection.
Leading Creek Elementary, Lewis County
Leading Creek Elementary
Rhododendron Category Environmental Awards
The Rhododendron Awards are presented to youth groups completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 15 years and older.
Wyoming East High School Friends of the Earth Club, Wyoming County
WEHS Friends of the Earth Club
REAP Adopt-A-Spot Award
This award is presented to the youth group with an Adopt-A-Spot that has maintained the spot with three reported cleanups and that has planted and
maintained flowers on the spot for each blooming season.
Frametown Girl Scouts Troop 382176, Braxton County
Frametown Girl Scouts Troop 382176
Litter Control Awards
These awards are for the youth groups that have completed the most successful litter clean-up projects.
The Croucher Family, Hampshire County
Victoria Croucher, YEP coordinator Susan Carroll and J.D. Croucher standing together and holding up award certificate and glass award.
Streams and Trails Award
The Streams and Trails Awards go to the youth groups that have shown the most effort in cleaning a stream and/or building or maintaining a trail.
Martinsburg High School Ecology Club, Berkeley County
Martinsburg High teacher Renee Haines standing in front of school holding award.
West Virginia State Parks Superintendents Association Awards
This award category was established by the late Steve Boler, past Superintendent of Pipestem Resort State Park, to foster relationships between local youth groups and state parks, forests and wildlife management areas and sponsored
by the West Virginia State Parks Superintendents' Association.
Girl Scout Troop 1839, Kanawha County
Girl Scout Troop 1839
Go-Mart Corporation Energy Essay Awards
The Go-Mart Corporation has provided two awards for winning essays entitled "How I can help the environment in West Virginia?”
Luke Thomas, Leon Luckies 4-H Club, Mason County and Eowyn McCutchan, Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County
Luke Thomas, Leon Luckies 4-H Club, Mason County
Eowyn McCutchan, Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County
Cardinal Art Poster Awards
Cardinal Art Posters must depict an environmental theme. Winners will receive either a scholarship to Junior Conservation Camp, or WV State Conservation Camp.
Raven Hershman, Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County and Lilly Hershman, Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County
Raven Hershman, Sandy Pals 4-H Club
Lilly Hershman, Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County
West Virginia Forestlands & Wood Products Art Awards
These $150 awards are for art creations that promote West Virginia’s Forest Resources or wood products created from these forests.
Elementary: Mathew Carothers, Meadow Bridge Clovers, Fayette County
Middle: Kierstyn Hart, Letart Pioneers 4-H Club, Mason County
High School: Cade Blackshire, Letart Pioneers 4-H Club, Mason County
Bear Category Environmental Awards
These awards are presented to youth groups completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 12-14 years.
Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County
Keep West Virginia Beautiful Awards
The Keep West Virginia Beautiful Award is presented for the most outstanding litter prevention project conducted for a school.
Lubeck Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, Wood County
Mountain Laurel Category Environmental Awards
Mountain Laurel Category recognizes youth groups that have completed projects addressing an environmental need, whose members are ages 6-11.
Girl Scouts BD Council Troop 1895, Fayette County
Youth Environmental Hall of Fame Awards
The Youth Environmental Hall of Fame Awards go to an outstanding girl and boy who are nominated based on their extensive involvement in their club's
community environmental activities. Each winner received $200.
- Raven Hershman, Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County
- Bret Hano, Boy Scout Troop 32, Hampshire County
DEP Cabinet Secretary Harold Ward Brook Trout Kindergarten Award
This $200 award is presented to the Kindergarten group that completes the most outstanding environmental projects.
Green Bank Public Library, Pocahontas County
District Coordinators' Awards
These awards are given to youth groups in each of the six districts in recognition of their overall community environmental efforts. Each winner received $200.
- District 1: Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County
- District 2: Boy Scout Troop 32, Hampshire County
- District 3: Valley Livestock 4-H Club, Randolph County
- District 4: Meadow Bridge Clovers 4-H Club, Fayette County
- District 5: Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County
- District 6: Morristown Mountaineers 4-H Club, Wirt County
Wildlife Management Award
This $300 award is presented to youth group completing a wildlife management project that encompass food, water and cover for West Virginia's wildlife,
especially during the winter months.
Deer Creek Defenders 4-H Club, Pocahontas County
DuPont Washington Works Plastic Recycling Awards
DuPont Washington Works sponsors these Plastic Recycling Awards. DuPont encourages reducing and reusing plastic items whenever possible and reminds us to recycle all plastics.
These awards are presented to the youth groups having completed the most exceptional project(s) that integrate recycling a variety of plastics.
Fairview 4-H Club, Wood County
Watershed Protection Award
This $300 award is given to the youth group that shows the most effort in watershed protection, education and community awareness.
Prior Family Stewardship Adventures, Fayette County
Environmental Education Award
The Environmental Education Award is presented to the youth group that has completed the most outstanding work in environmental education by creating public awareness on environmental issues.
Meadow Bridge Girl Scout Troop 31897, Fayette County
Best Parade Hats Award
This $150 award is presented to the youth group displaying the best recycled parade hats judged from the Youth Environmental clubs on parade.
Hillbillies 4-H Club, Mason County