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Oberholtzer Awards


Ernest Oberholtzer sitting on a cliff in a North American forest. About

Nahant Marsh’s Oberholtzer Awards were started to recognize local people who have dedicated their lives (or will dedicate their lives) to protecting our natural world. Often times these people go unnoticed or have been largely forgotten for their contributions. The awards are a way to recognize their hard work and leadership in conservation, to bring awareness to the causes they believe in, and to inspire others to take action.

The purpose of the event was to recognize the past, present, and future conservation leaders either from or working in our area who have made significant contributions towards understanding and protecting the natural world. 

The awards are named for Ernest Carl “Ober” Oberholtzer, a Davenport, Iowa native, Harvard-educated explorer who was a founding member of the Wilderness Society. He was instrumental in protecting the wilderness and lakes of Northern Minnesota. Mr. Oberholzter died on June 6, 1977, in International Falls, Minnesota, and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport. To learn more about Oberholtzer’s prolific life, click here, or here for a short video.

2020 Oberholtzer Awards 

Saturday, February 29th, 2020
The Bend Event Center, East Moline, IL

Nomination Form