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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate submission process?

There is no separate submission process. Submit your entry in the same way you would submit an entry for the other Young Naturalist Awards.

What is an urban area?

We will use the United States Census Bureau’s definition of an urban area. The U.S. Census Bureau identifies two types of urban areas:

  • Urbanized Areas (UAs) of 50,000 or more people;
  • Urban Clusters (UCs) of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people.

To determine if your area is considered an urban area or urban cluster please visit this website:

  • Click: Lists of 2010 Census Urban Areas
  • Click: A national, state-sorted list of all 2010 urbanized areas and urban clusters for the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Island Areas first sorted by state FIPS code, then sorted by UACE code [XLS] or [TXT]
What is an urban student?

An urban student is one who resides within an urban area or urban cluster.

How will the winner of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Young Naturalist Award be chosen?

The winning essay will meet the same standards as all the 2014 Young Naturalist Award winning essays but will have the additional criteria of focusing on the biodiversity, ecology, or habitats found in an urban environment.

What does the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Young Naturalist Award winner receive?

The winner and a parent or guardian, will be invited on an expense-paid trip to the Museum to attend an awards ceremony, receive a cash prize, and take behind-the-scenes tours. The cash prize will vary depending on the winner’s grade level. The winner will receive the same amount as other winners in his or her grade.



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