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Pollution, overcrowding, global warming, species extinction —everyone knows the Earth is in trouble. Is there anything we can do? We believe in the capability of our youth to help.  Our Mission →

Personal Action Is a Powerful Weapon

Action For Nature encourages young people to foster love and respect for nature by taking personal action to better their environments.  Eco-Hero Awards →


Please help us provide life-changing support to aspiring young environmentalists worldwide as we honor them for protecting the Earth.  Support AFN  →


Every year since 2003, Action For Nature has sought to recognize and reward young people ages 8-16 who are taking action to solve the world’s tough environmental problems.
Youth from countries around the globe send in their stories and explain their work. Then a panel of judges including experts in environmental science, biology and education determines the year’s top achievers. Each Eco-Hero Award winner receives a cash prize, a certificate of achievement and other benefits. 

We thank all of the wonderful and amazing young environmentalists whose work helps transform the world.


From John (Jack) Muir Laws' exuberant encouragment that we take an "ecologists" eye view of our connection with our possessions, coming out of our boxes (or cubicles) to find the connections between ourselves and others, the things we surround ourselves with, and our environment--to Ryan's discovery that he can help prevent plastic bags from choking sharks-- this year's Eco-Hero Awards Ceremony was about relationships between people, creatures, and our environment-- and between the Eco-Heroes themselves!  See our full gallery HERE!

Eco-Hero Olivia couldn't make it to the ceremony due to Hurrican Matthew, but was gracious enough to deliver her presentation to us via Youtube!  

Awards & Resources for

Photo: Gabriela of Puerto Rico teaching students about local bird life.

Our International Young Eco-Heroes Awards program recognizes children and teens who have completed a personal action project.

Eco-Hero Awards  &  Links for Students

Resources For
Parents & Teachers

Photo: teacher with students learning about the natural world

Action For Nature provides resources for parents and teachers of ecologically-minded students who want to make a difference.

Links for Adults

our winners' locations



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