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Arboretum Awards

Each year the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum recognizes those in our great state who are working to plant trees, make gardens, build their communities, and educate others about the importance of greening towns and protecting natural spaces. Nominations for these awards open in August and are open through September. Please download the form (below) to submit a nomination via email or mail. 

Awards Open for Nominations

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 generous spirit of 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 governmental units) 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 Given by the NSA Board and Staff

President's Citation: Recognizes outstanding contributions toward the NSA mission of planting Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities, and a resilient environment. 

Affiliate Excellence Award: Recognizes excellence in plant collection diversity, maintenance practices, and community engagement among NSA's Arboretum and Landscape Steward Affiliates.

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.

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