Gulf Guardian Award Winners 2006
Individual Category - 3rd Place
Richard Benoit has been an active environmentalist for most of his life, whether as a science teacher of 35 years in Michigan, a hawk watcher of 31 years, or a Texas Master Naturalist volunteer of 10 years. Richard (Dick) has spent his retirement volunteering (6,634.5 hours and still counting!) to restore and protect valuable diminishing Texas coastal habitats. He is a leader in many ways including collecting, germinating rare prairie plants at his home and then dispersing them to local preserves, an on-going commitment to HawkWatch, and continuing efforts to provide conservation training to teachers in the Galveston Bay Area. Richard (Dick) Benoit received a B.S. in Science Education from Wayne State University and a M.S. from the University of Michigan. Dick was an AIMS (Activities that Integrate Math and Science) presenter for five years in California and conducted AIMS workshops in Michigan, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio. He taught “Methods for Secondary Science Education for Teachers” at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and taught “Environmental Sciences and Methods” courses at Wayne State University.