Two local women recently received Environmental Education Council of Ohio honors at EECO's annual dinner and awards banquet held April 14 at Mohican State Park Lodge in Loudonville.

Two local women recently received Environmental Education Council of Ohio honors at EECO's annual dinner and awards banquet held April 14 at Mohican State Park Lodge in Loudonville.

Jane Weiland of Johnstown was named the volunteer of the year. The award is given to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to environmental education in Ohio. Weiland, an Ohio certified volunteer naturalist, represents area certified volunteer naturalists on the Hartford Fair Natural Resources Area Advisory Board. She helps maintain numerous native plant gardens in the Natural Resources Area and spends many hours weeding the beds. Weiland also heads a butterfly census at the fairgrounds.

Denise Natoli Brooks, an environmental educational specialist with Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the EECO Communications Committee received the President's Award for their work on the EECO quarterly newsletter, website, e-blast communication and Facebook page. Brooks will succeed outgoing President Joyce Meredith of Denison University.

For more information about the Hartford Fair Natural Resources Area or the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, contact Brooks at denisebrooks@lickingswcd.com or call 740-670-5330.