Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Awards 2024

Deadline: February 28, 2024

Applications are open for the Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero Awards 2024. Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16.

AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. They believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.


Winners receive:

  • A cash prize of up to $500
  • A special certificate of achievement,
  • Public recognition on AFN’s website and in the media, as well as exclusive access to their Eco-Hero Alumni Facebook Group.


  • Applicants must be aged 8 to 16 and no more than 16 years of age on February 28, 2024.
  • Only applications in English are accepted.

Project Requirements

  • The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
  • The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.
  • The project should be at least 6 months long and close to completion or completed within the last year.
  • If the project is an invention, some trials should be completed before applying.
  • Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.
  • They do not accept (a) projects related to domestic or confined animals, (b) compositions or reports.
  • Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply.

Judging Criteria

Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.

The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:

  • originality
  • difficulty
  • organization
  • length of time devoted to the project
  • influencing/educating others
  • use of outside resources (e.g. library, experts, media, community leaders)
  • degree of success in reaching goals
  • the impact on the environment


For more information, visit International Young Eco-Hero Awards.