The World Ecology Medal is presented by the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center to eminent individuals who have raised public awareness of global ecological issues and made significant contributions to environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. The presentation is made at the World Ecology Gala.
The Harris Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis presents the Conservation Action Prize to individuals who are particularly active in the frontline of biological conservation. The award honors individuals intimately involved and successful in seeking solutions to conservation problems, developing conservation strategies, implementing programs that conserve natural resources, habitats and biodiversity, educating the public on issues pertaining to biological conservation, or providing leadership through example. These individuals are rarely recognized publicly for their dedication; yet, their work underpins the day-to-day successes in the conservation of biodiversity and habitats. The prize recognizes conservationists active in Missouri and Illinois as well as those active nationally or internationally.
Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum
Each year, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center organizes and co-sponsors the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Academy of Science St. Louis. The forum provides an opportunity for interaction between conservation organizations and the general public.