of the Year
The MAEOE Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year
Award program recognizes an individual who demonstrates
leadership and innovation in environmental and outdoor
education. Bob Finton personified enthusiasm, innovation,
and excellence in the field of environmental education.
This award honors his memory by rewarding the efforts
of those who strive for these qualities. The award is
presented at the annual MAEOE conference.
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more about Bob Finton
- Recognition should be given to an individual who
is a non-formal practitioner of outdoor education
and works “in the trenches” as Bob did.
- The nominee can be a representative, either paid
on unpaid, of an outdoor education center, non-profit
organization, service organization, resource agency,
education-related business, or other organization
whose mission is environmental education. (Classroom
teachers should be considered for the Chesapeake Bay
Trust’s Teacher of the Year Award.)
- The nominee should demonstrate innovation and excellence
in environmental education programming. Examples could
- A highly successful ground-breaking environmental
- Innovation in developing new interpretive or
- Development of a program that reaches new audiences
or underserved populations
- Work in a program that promotes or increases
- Programming that develops and supports a positive
- The nominee cannot be a sitting member of the MAEOE
Board of Trustees
NOTE: Your nomination will be strengthened if you include
testimonials from co-workers, peers and supervisors
(although this is not required). The nominating committee
needs to have a clear picture of specifically what this
person has done to demonstrate the criteria.
Must we always teach our children with books?
Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above.
Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees
and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think,
and to think is the beginning of a real education.
- David Polis