Bay Nature Local Hero Awardees

Each year, Bay Nature honors three Bay Area based conservation leaders for their outstanding contributions to the people and the natural world of our region. The next Awards Dinner will take place on March 20, 2016.

Previous years’ Local Hero Award winners:


  • Environmental Education: Julia Clothier, Education Center Director, Point Reyes National Seashore Association
  • Conservation Action: Ralph Benson, Executive Director (now retired) Sonoma Land Trust
  • Youth Engagement: Javier Ochoa Reyes, Project Coordinator, Groundwork Richmond

See more about the 2015 winners here.


  • Environmental Education: Liam O’Brien, Lepidopterist/Activist/Illustrator
  • Conservation Action: Craig Anderson, Executive Director, LandPaths
  • Youth Engagement: Cheyanna Washburn, Youth Programs Assistant, John Muir National Historic Site


  • Environmental Education: Mia Monroe, Ranger/Site Supervisor, Golden Gate National Parks
  • Conservation Action: Seth Adams, Director of Land Programs, Save Mount Diablo
  • Youth Engagement: Cindy Moreno, Garden-Based Educator, Full Circle Farm


  • Conservation Action: Ellie Cohen, President & CEO of PRBO Conservation Science
  • Environmental Education: Robin Grossinger, Director & Senior Scientist of the Historical Ecology Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Youth Engagement: Sean FitzHoward, Founder, Protect the Bay Club, Lowell High School