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Conservation Awards and Recognitions

William T. Hornaday Awards


The Hornaday Awards program recognizes truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions contributing significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was a champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. In 1914, he announced an award he called the Wildlife Protection Medal to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. In 1917, the second medal went to Aldo Leopold. The award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor after his death in 1937, and came under the custodianship of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Hornaday Awards continue to inspire learning and increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Any Boy Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout willing to devote the time and energy to work on projects based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify. The awards often take months to complete, so activities should be planned well in advance.

For additional information, visit the William T. Hornaday Award websiteExternal Link.



Hornaday Silver Medal Winner Scholarship Opportunities for Higher Education


To honor select recipients of the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal award, the Camp Fire Conservation Fund offers an annual William T. Hornaday Silver Medal Scholarship. One scholarship recipient is chosen by Camp Fire from the Silver Medal winners each year. Consideration for this scholarship is automatic upon being awarded the Hornaday Silver Medal. 

Scholarship information 

Hornaday Award Resources

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