Selected Winning Essays: 1998-2003

Winning essays from 1998-2003 of the Young Naturalist Awards by students in grades 7-12. 

My Fish-Shaped Home: A History of Changes

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

My Fish-Shaped Home: A History of Changes

Did you know that Long Island was once part of a chain of volcanoes? Or that it was part of the tropics—and faced south? Step back in time with this seventh-grader for a look at the forces that shaped this giant sandbar.

Deformed Frogs: The Big Mystery

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Deformed Frogs: The Big Mystery

Frogs with a single hind leg were not the most surprising discovery this seventh-grader from New York made. Read what he learned about the nationwide increase in frog deformities.

Oscawana: A Dying Lake?

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Oscawana: A Dying Lake?

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Oscawana has all the symptoms of a dying lake. Join this seventh-grader from New York as she hunts for the culprits—and examines what can be done to restore the lake.

Saguaro Cactus: From Life to Death

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Saguaro Cactus: From Life to Death

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Journey to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona with this seventh-grader for an up-close and personal look at the saguaro cactus, which can live about 200 years and grow to be almost 80 feet tall.

Reading the Rocks in Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Reading the Rocks in Cold Spring Harbor, New York

After 200 years and the mining of 106 million tons of iron, the Cornwall iron mine was closed. Yet, as this 10th-grader from Pennsylvania argues, the site's geologic importance is far from over.

The Big Chill: Calming Signals Among Wolves

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Big Chill: Calming Signals Among Wolves

Wolves have long been the favorite animal of this eighth-grader from Illinois. Learn how she turned her interest into an insightful experiment about how wolves calm and comfort each other.

Biodiversity in Arizona

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Biodiversity in Arizona

It can seem that the desert ecosystem is devoid of much life. But this Arizona teen found biodiversity just by turning over a few ironwood tree trunks she found in the sand.

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