Each year, Desert Botanical Garden celebrates achievement and innovation in biodiversity conservation by recognizing an individual, organization or corporation with their Conservation Award. The announcement of the Garden’s 2020 Conservation Award honoree will take place during the 4th Annual Conservation Celebration.

Do you know of a local conservation champion that deserves recognition for their enduring commitment to our environment? If so, Desert Botanical Garden would love to hear from you.

The Desert Botanical Garden is currently seeking nominations for its 4th Annual Conservation Award, which recognizes the exceptional conservation leadership, achievements and/or innovations of one individual or organization in Arizona. To submit a nomination, review the description to see if you know a conservation champion who qualifies for recognition. If so, please fill out the form below describing the nominee’s accomplishments so the selection committee might consider them for this honor.

2020 Conservation Award – Nomination Form

The award will be presented at Desert Botanical Garden’s 2020 Conservation Celebration, a virtual event on Nov. 19 from 4:00pm-5:15pm.

• Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2020.
• The top 3 finalists will be announced in October.

Maxine Lakin won the Conservation Award in 2019 for her tireless work protecting the mountains of Phoenix, which started in 1967. She has since played a pivotal role in the protection of Camelback Mountain, the Phoenix Mountains, and in the passage of the Phoenix Parks and Preserves Initiative which eventually led to the creation of the Sonoran Preserve. She remains a member of the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council to this day.

In 2018, Tamara Woodbury was honored for her pivotal leadership as the CEO of the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council; her work has led to the connection of countless young women to nature. It was also under her guidance that the Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain was opened to serve the Arizona community in 2017.

The first Award for Excellence in Conservation was bestowed on Mayor Jackie Meck in 2017 for his visionary leadership in Buckeye, AZ, which emphasized the protection of the city’s open spaces for residents, and included his involvement in the formation and management of the White
Tank Mountains Conservancy.

Please contact award@dbg.org with questions.


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