Young Naturalist Awards
Part of Curriculum Collections.
From 2003-2016, the American Museum of Natural History administered the Young Naturalist Awards—a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12. With a mission to promote participation and communication in science, the Young Naturalist Awards encouraged students to independently develop a research question about the natural world around them, plan and carry out an investigation, and present their findings in a narrative essay.
Below is a selection of the winning essays. For a complete archive of the published winning essays, visit the Young Naturalist Awards in the Museum’s Digital Collections.