The Indiana State Farm Tree Committee awarded Trees Indiana, a local nonprofit, with the Outdoor Lab of the Year award earlier this week. The annual award is bestowed on one organization that has gone above and beyond in the development of quality outdoor classroom facilities.
Trees Indiana was selected for successfully creating a well-balanced program that goes beyond simple awareness to teach proper management of natural resources through its AEP Foundation Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom located at Cedar Canyon Elementary.
“We are proud to support Trees Indiana’s efforts toward resource conservation, forestry education and sustainability,” says Ray Moistner, Executive Director of Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association. “When we learned about Trees Indiana, we were deeply impressed by the great work they are doing in Allen County.”
“With the help of AEP and Northwest Allen County Schools, we were able to make this incredible resource a reality,” says Carol Cavell, Executive Director of Trees Indiana.
Trees Indiana is a youth education organization with a mission to inspire and educate Indiana’s youth to become stewards who plant, protect, and maintain their community trees. Using the power of nature, Trees Indiana develops youth from urban communities in northeast Indiana to become passionate environmental leaders.