2011 National NeighborWoodsTM Month Photo Contest Winners Announced

College Park, MD (December 29, 2011)- Congratulations to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful of Indianapolis, IN, for their winning National NeighborWoodsTM Month photo! Their photograph best captured the spirit of volunteerism that thrives in NeighborWoodsTM programs across the nation. Featuring three Indianapolis youth working together to plant a new neighborhood tree, the bright snapshot conveys the determination, cooperation, and positive action people are taking to strengthen their communities with trees.


1st Place:
Young volunteers from WellPoint assist in planting trees as part of the 2012 by 2012 initiative-a campaign to plant 2012 trees on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis leading up to the 2012 Super Bowl. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful also has a larger goal: the NeighborWoods initiative to plant 100,000 trees in Indianapolis.


2nd Place:
Community volunteers celebrate after a hot day planting trees with Miami nonprofit Citizens for a Better South Florida. Volunteers installed native trees and shrubs at an educational demonstration area for local neighbors, schools, and businesses.


3rd Place:
Local cub scout packs spent an October morning working on environmental projects at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas, including planting native trees at the Center’s Preserve.


Runner-up:
During a spirited October day in Northridge, CA, volunteers from multiple organizations teamed up with TreePeople to line an entire block with beautiful young trees…enthusiastic action to “Heal the World,” indeed.

Congratulations to all who participated in National NeighborWoodsTM Month 2011, and to the organizations who received an honorable mention in this year’s Photo Contest: Boston Natural Areas Network, Great River Greening, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Our City Forest, Reston Association, TREEmendous Miami, Urban Ecology Institute.

Check out all of the finalist photos here: