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Our keynote speaker, Charity Nebbe.

Ernest Oberholtzer. Photo provided by the Ernest Carl Oberholtzer Foundation.

In partnership with The Joyce & Tony Singh Family Foundation, the Nahant Marsh Education Center presented the First Annual Oberholtzer Awards on February 23, 2019 at the Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.

The purpose of this event was to recognize 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. In addition to recognition, the "future" awardee, Aislinn Geedey, received a $2,000 scholarship.

The Oberholtzer Awards was also a fundraiser for Nahant Marsh, with a keynote by Charity Nebbe, host of Talk of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio, and host of Iowa Ingredient on Iowa Public Television.

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.

Event Planning Committee
Kathryn Allen, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities
Alan Campbell, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Amy Groskopf, Davenport Public Library
Curtis Lundy, Nahant Marsh Board President
Mary Schermer, Scott County Master Gardeners
Melissa Shore, Thrivent Financial
Deborah Stafford, Figge Art Museum
Ann Werner, Lark Fields, LLC