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Trees Forever honors No Boundaries Middle School with 2021 Outstanding Youth Project Award

MARION, Iowa (September 21, 2021) – The No Boundaries Middle School in Okoboji, Iowa has been named a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Youth Project Award by Trees Forever.

Becky Rients, instructor with No Boundaries Middle School, received the award at a celebration held September 8th in Iowa City. Trees Forever leaders cited the group for being student led and for designing a tree and shrub project from inception to planting.

“The students at No Boundaries Middle School are absolutely amazing. From selecting species to planning the planting to getting them delivered and planted, these students took charge and led the project from start to finish” said Jeff Jensen, Program Manager with Trees Forever.

Every year, Trees Forever recognizes outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates at Trees Forever’s Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner.

“Trees Forever volunteers love their communities and the landscapes of Iowa and Illinois and they are committed to leaving a better, greener world to future generations,” Trees Forever President and CEO Kiley Miller said.

2021 Trees Forever Award Winners;

Award Title; Name; Location

President’s Award; Nancy Lowenberg; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

President’s Award; Robert G. “Bob” Riley; Des Moines, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Donna Day; Humboldt, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Jean Negley; Clarinda, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Ted Olson; Hiawatha, Iowa

Environmental Steward Award; Cindy Findly; Ventura, Iowa

Media Partner Award; NRG Media and the Tree Hugger Campaign; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Media Partner Award; The Gazette; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Outstanding Group or Organization Award; Wright Tree Service; West Des Moines, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award; Splinters group at Linn-Mar High School; Marion, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Project Award; No Boundaries Middle School program; Okoboji, Iowa

Outstanding Elected Official or Advocate; Mike Brunk, Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Springfield, Illinois

Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, Iowa, that is dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For more than 30 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. For more information visit or call 800-369-1269.


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Becky Rients of Okoboji receives the Trees Forever Outstanding Youth Project Award on behalf of the No Boundaries Middle School students. Becky is pictured with Trees Forever CEO Kiley Miller and Trees Forever board member Teri Gibson.