Trees Forever recognized Central Elementary’s Kendra Hamilton with the Outstanding Youth Project Award during the Iowa City Annual Celebration and Award Dinner on June 13 at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City.

Kedra helped partner Central Elementary with Prudenterra and Trees Forever, among others, to introduce a Junior Forester Program that allowed over 250 elementary students to get out into nature. This program gave these students the opportunity to learn about planting trees, removing invasive species, planting prairie plugs, etc. Developing this program allows for continued use with other classes for years to come.

“Going above and beyond to get students out into nature is a testament of the hard work and dedication of this teacher who believes in learning through experiences,” Trees Forever Program Manager Jeff Jensen said.

Every year, Trees Forever recognizes outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates at Trees Forever’s Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner.

“Every one of our volunteers and landowner has made a brighter, greener future for the next generation, but these awards recognize the most outstanding-those who truly exemplify the Trees Forever mission.” Trees Forever CEO and President Shannon Ramsay said.

As a nonprofit, Trees Forever engages an average of 7,000 volunteers every year and has more than 500 sites on farms and other lands to enhance water quality, pollinator and wildlife habitat.