NAEP 2015 Awards Press Release


Date: 2/10/15
For Release: Now

Youth Saving Endangered Species win Environmental Excellence Award

Long-time Calaveras resident and environmental educator and activist, Ken Jones, has been named as the recipient of the National Environmental Excellence Award in 2015 for two projects Jones has created.  The annual awards are bestowed by the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

One of Jones's projects recognized by this award is the development of a non-profit youth organization known as the A-Team For Wildlife, based in Angels Camp, which serves youth saving endangered species around the globe.  Its flagship accomplishment is the creation of an effort that identifies and supports prodigies of conservation, called the International A-Team. In it's first year, the International A-Team consists of 17 members, 8 to 18 years of age, from 5 countries that collectively have raised nearly one million dollars for conservation, saved over 80,000 acres of habitat, appeared in documentary films, have been interviewed on national TV, won numerous awards, spoken at TED Talks, received over 40 MILLION views on YouTube, spoken to the United Nations, and have received recognition from President Obama. The International A-Team serve as Youth Advisors to A-Team For Wildlife and are available for public speaking and media engagements to promote conservation of endangered species. They also serve to inspire youth everywhere to form Local A-Teams and help in saving wildlife. They spearhead school programs and offer school assembly presentations.

Jones is also being recognized as a leader in environmental podcasting for his production and hosting of a conservation podcast, called Jungle Deep. The podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and IHeartRadio, provides conservation and wildlife information in a fun and wide-ranging format.  Featured guests include authors to film producers, zoologists to gurus of Tiki Culture, presidents of conservation nonprofits to Tarzan. The show's byline is "To explore both the science and the romance of the jungle."

The awards are to be presented at NAEP's annual conference, April14th, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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