Jennifer Jewett, education and outreach coordinator at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, ND, won the 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Legends Award, presented to employees of federal land management agencies who excel in the field of recreation. Jewitt oversaw two AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps crews that organized events such as Christmas bird counts, the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp display and an endangered species day at a North Dakota zoo.

Pamela Steinhaus, visitor services manager at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Savanna, IL, District, and Lori Iverson, supervisory recreation planner at National Elk Refuge, WY, won this year’s Beacon Award for employes who stand out in the field of information and technology.

Upper Mississippi River Refuge provides free Wi–Fi service to visitors who can use their own computers to access Web sites and download GPS coordinates identifying Earthcache sites on the refuge.

Lori Iverson integrated technology into a program titled “Journals and JPGs—Seasons on the Refuge” at National Elk Refuge, WY. The year–long program enables second graders to experience the refuge in different seasons, incorporating both scientific and artistic approaches to learning.

These awards are presented annually by the American Recreation Coalition, in partnership with the Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration.

Every Day Grants

Two Friends organizations won grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) intended to build their capacity and strengthen their organizational effectiveness—Friends of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, NY, and Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, LA.