Recognizing past, present, and future Conservation Leaders in the Quad City Region

SAVE THE DATE!

March 8, 2025 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM


Registration for the 2024 Oberholtzer Awards is CLOSED. Check back at a later date for details on the 2025 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 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  life, click here.


 

Past Award Recipients 

Ernest C. Oberholtzer, 2019 Recipient for Past Conservation Leadership
Curtis Lundy, 2019 Recipient for Present Conservation Leadership
Aislinn Geedey, 2019 Recipient for Future Conservation Leadership
Sylvan Runkel, 2020 Recipient for Past Conservation Leadership
Bob Bryant, 2020 Recipient for Present Conservation Leadership
Kristina Shelman & Anna Schmidt, 2020 Recipients for Future Conservation Leadership
Mark Beorkrem, 2022 Recipient for Past Conservation Leadership
Marilyn Andress, 2022 Recipient for Present Conservation Leadership
Emma Duncan, 
2022 Recipient for Future Conservation Leadership
Ann Werner, 2022 Honorary Recipient for Conservation Leadership in Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Alma Gaul, 2022 Honorary Recipient for Conservation Leadership in Media
Elton Fawks, 2023 Recipient for Past Conservation Leadership
Mark Roberts, 2023 Recipient for Present Conservation Leadership
Nicolina Pappas, 2023 Recipient for Future Conservation Leadership
James Haring, 2024 Recipient for Past Conservation Leadership
Glenn Drowns, 2024 Recipient for Present Conservation Leadership
Cade Meek, 2024 Recipient for Future Conservation Leadership

Nominations

Nominations for 2024 are CLOSED. Check back later to nominate a candidate for the 2025 Oberholtzer Awards.

Nominations will be considered from the following counties: Clinton, Louisa, Muscatine, and Scott in Iowa and Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside in Illinois.

To be considered, a nominee must have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following categories:

  • Conservation Science and Education
  • Stewardship of Natural Areas
  • Environmental Advocacy

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