Muddy Feet Award

Muddy Feet

in Action

The Muddy Feet Award recognizes outstanding Maryland and Washington, DC, youth who have taken conservation action through a special project or initiative.

The National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. For more than 30 years, we've been helping people connect with our watery world through education and conservation programs. Now we'd like to recognize the young people in our communities who are helping to spread our mission by taking action to protect our planet.

Each year the National Aquarium recognizes young people who are sparked to action by a compelling environmental problem or challenge, and in turn inspire others to examine what they can do to help our watery world. These are adventurous young people who learned about a problem and weren't afraid to jump right in and get their hands (and feet!) dirty to clean it up.


  • Maryland and Washington, DC, residents in grades K–12
  • Maryland and DC K–12 schools (public, private, home schools)
  • Nonprofit community groups serving K–12 youth such as Scouts, 4H, and after-school programs


Applicants can apply as an individual student (citizen activist or scout), or as a collective group (classroom or club), for this award. There is one award for each category of applicant; one individual and one group will be selected for an award. The individual winner will receive a yearlong National Aquarium membership. Group winners will receive a free trip to the Aquarium with a special guided tour.

Winners will be acknowledged on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013, at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. Attendance at the event is strongly encouraged.


Each application will be reviewed by the awards panel. The panel consists of Aquarium staff members who evaluate each application based on the following criteria:

  • Were the goals accomplished? (List the goals of the project and how they were accomplished)
  • The extent to which the project was designed, coordinated, and implemented due to the young person's initiative
  • The extent to which the program/project had an impact on students, school, community, and the environment
  • The project's support/recognition by the local community
  • Creativity!

How to Apply

Deadline has passed, email with any questions. Deadline is May 1, 2013.

Applicants must be 13 or older in order to apply.

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