Environmental group honors retired BGSU professor

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.—Calling her “one of the nation's foremost experts on the need for connecting young children with nature,” the National Arbor Day Foundation presented retired BGSU faculty member Dr. Ruth Wilson with one of its highest honors on June 2.

The BGSU professor emeritus of special education received the Caroline French Morton Award, created to honor the spirit of stewardship of its namesake. Winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation and environmental stewardship.

Currently a resident of Bellevue, Wash., Wilson has written numerous books and articles aimed at instilling in children respect and an appreciation for nature. Her latest book, “Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Planning and Learning in Natural Environments,” is scheduled for release this summer.

Wilson was honored during the 2007 Arbor Day Awards banquet at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, Neb.

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(Posted June 11, 2007)