Meadows Center honored with John Covert Watson Award for Vision

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
September 2, 2016

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment has been awarded the John Covert Watson Award for Vision by the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA). 

The Meadows Center will be one of four recipients honored for innovation and successful initiatives to connect children to nature during CiNCA’s ninth annual Celebration of Children in Nature awards event September 16 in Austin.

Since 2002, The Meadows Center has worked to inspire the next generation of environmental advocates through research, education, service and stewardship. The Meadows Center’s headquarters are located on the site of an environmentally, culturally, and archaeologically significant resource, Spring Lake, which serves as a living laboratory, a community center, and an irreplaceable educational resource. In this inspiring setting, more than 125,000 people each year engage in environmental education and outdoor learning activities at Spring Lake. The Meadows Center creates customizable field trips from pre-kindergarten to high school, with more than 30 TEKS-aligned curricula, that allows educators to design an interactive experience with conservation at its core. Last year, over 31,000 school children learned about the importance of the environment to all living things through hands-on, science learning at Spring Lake.

Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will be the master of ceremonies for the event and proceeds will benefit CiNCA, a core program of the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center. For more information, visit

About The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment was named following a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is dedicated to environmental research, stewardship, education and service. The center is led by renowned conservationist Andrew Sansom, Ph.D.