Nominate individuals and organizations for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Awards Program before June 15. Download nomination as pdf or word document.

We invite you to nominate candidates for the awards below by answering questions on the nomination forms (questions are also listed at the bottom of this page). Recipients will be selected by the NSA Awards Committee. Awards will be presented at a July reception in Lincoln. For more information please contact Karma Larsen at 402-472-7923 or Nominations must be postmarked or submitted online before June 15.

Blazing Star Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward advancing the horticultural use of native plants or the restoration of native plant communities in Nebraska.

Johnny Appleseed Award:  Recognizes an individual who embodies the sylvan spirit of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) through a sustained personal involvement in tree-planting in Nebraska.

Educator Award: Recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution toward advancing the knowledge and appreciation of plants among their students.

Community Landscape Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, businesses or organizations (including units of government) for the implementation of a landscape project or activity that has significantly improved the green infrastructure of a community. Such projects should reach beyond beautification to include elements of sustainability such as water conservation, stormwater management, land stewardship, tree-canopy restoration, habitat, biodiversity, soil improvements, education and outreach, native plants, etc.


Awards Related specifically to efforts with NSA Affiliates (list of NSA affiliates statewide):

Jim Kluck Honor Award:  Jim Kluck was a long-time NSA supporter, past board member, curator and Nebraska nurseryman who loved helping people and communities improve their landscapes. In memory of him, this award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum organization or to an affiliate site of NSA.

Volunteer Award:  Recognizes individuals who have made a sustained volunteer contribution to an affiliate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

AWARDS NOMINATION / QUESTIONS to be emailed or sent in.
Name of award:
Name of nominee:
Nominee’s address:
Nominee’s phone and email:
Reasons for this nomination:  Please explain why you think the nominee should receive the award. Give specific examples of their accomplishments and contributions. We encourage you to submit supporting materials such as newspaper clippings, letters of support, etc. Although not required, supporting materials provide more information for the Award Selection Committee, and may strengthen your nomination.
Submitted/nominated by:
Nominator’s address:
Nominator’s phone and email:

Awards will be given in Lincoln July 2017. Email nominations to: Justin Evertson, 402-472-5045  OR send them before June 15 to: 

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
P.O. Box 830964
Lincoln, NE 68583-0964