NATIONAL WINNER OF THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARD, NAAEE CONFERENCE, FALL 2012 At their annual conference, the North American Association for Environmental Education presented this award in recognition of Acorn Naturalists' efforts in promoting and providing EE leadership at the regional level.
SPECIAL MENTION OF ACORN NATURALISTS IN BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS (SPRING 2012): In their article on Arbor Day entitled "Celebrate Trees," Better Homes and Gardens' Country Gardens magazine highlighted Acorn Naturalists for their practice of promoting the use of birdhouses made in the US using sustainably grown woods. They also complimented Acorn Naturalists for promoting "nestboxes that are functional, attracting cavity-nesting birds that might otherwise have trouble finding a good home."
ACORN NATURALISTS RECEIVES NATIONAL CERTIFICATION FROM WOMEN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL (WBENC), November 2010. Acorn Naturalists has been a certified small business since inception, and is also nationally certified by WBENC (www.wbenc.org), the highly respected, non-profit 501(c)(3) certification entity. Acorn Naturalists WBENC certificate can be viewed here.
ACORN NATURALISTS MAKES FRONT PAGE NEWS! (Orange County Register, March 26, 2010). Acorn Naturalists was featured on the front page of the Orange County Register for their Center's water-wise California native plant gardens. From the start, Acorn Naturalists landscape has consisted entirely of California natives. The full text can be read here.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ACORN NATURALISTS (November 2008): Mother Earth News, The Original Guide to Living Wisely described Acorn Naturalists as the "One-stop Naturalist Shop - What the Sears catalog used to be to store-starved rural Americans, the Acorn Naturalists catalog is to eager-to-learn science and nature enthusiasts. Their comprehensive catalog, free for the asking, is chock-full of hard-to-find tools, learning materials, books and field guides. Want an acid rain study kit? A replica of a grizzly bear skull? How about a pro-quality insect-collecting field net? Hand lenses and magnifiers? Acorn has it all — and then some. This is the place to look for nature-study materials of all sorts for all ages."
ACORN NATURALISTS RECEIVES TUSTIN PRESERVATION CONSERVANCY AWARD (May 2007): In a major competition, Acorn Naturalists received the top award for "new construction that best reflects the character and integrity of the Old Town area." Years in the planning, the Acorn Naturalists building was designed to reflect the American Craftsman architectural style. Acorn Naturalists received the award at the Tustin Preservation Conservancy's annual awards ceremony. To view the article, click here.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS AWARDS RECEIVED BY ACORN NATURALISTS' (June 2005): The Orange County Register published an article detailing Acorn Naturalists role in the community as well as the many awards received by the company from both state and local officials. To view this article, please click
ACORN NATURALISTS' RECEIVES ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
(MAY 2005): In recognition of the company's core values of integrity and innovation, as reflected in the design and operation of its Center in the historical district of Tustin, Acorn Naturalists received the Environmental Business of the Year Award from the League of Conservation Voters. These programs include Acorn Naturalists innovative practices including drought-tolerant native landscaping, energy-efficient construction and extensive recycling program. To read the press release associated with this award, please click
FOUNDERS OF ACORN NATURALISTS RECEIVE HOWARD BELL AWARD (May 2005): At the annual conference of Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, www.aeoe.org, the cofounders of Acorn Naturalists, received the coveted Howard Bell Award for "Outstanding Achievements and Contributions in the Field of Outdoor and Environmental Education."
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS ACORN NATURALISTS' CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (May 2004): A detailed feature article was written in the Orange County Register describing Acorn Naturalists' native plant gardens as well as their environmentally friendly building design and the natural swale system for water run-off from the site. To view this article as it appeared in the Register, please click
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THE ACORN GROUP: Acorn Naturalists' sister company, The Acorn Group, has won both regional and national awards for exemplary interpretive planning and design work. Click here for a list projects completed by the The Acorn Group over the past two decades.