Appalachian Laboratory

Dana McCauley

2012 Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award Winner

Dana McCauley accepting the 2012 Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award with UMCES President, Donald Boesch, and Appalachian Laboratory Director, Robert Gardner

Dr. McCauley led the community in building a history-themed school playground while also coordinating a stream restoration project. She also organized the Crellin Community Corps of Discovery, a group of school staff, students, community members, and representatives of local agencies and organizations that seeks to engage students in meaningful learning opportunities.

Its efforts have resulted in the creation of the Crellin Environmental Education Laboratory, a five-and-a-half acre outdoor classroom. For this effort, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the school with the President’s Environmental Youth Award in 2006. In addition, the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education named Crellin Elementary a Maryland Green School in 2005 and 2009.

In 2009, Dr. McCauley was named a National Distinguished Principal. She holds a B.S, and a M.Ed. from Frostburg State University and an Ed.D. from West Virginia University.

The award honors the memory of Richard A. Johnson, a well-known orthopedic surgeon in the Allegany County area. He passed away in 1990, leaving a legacy of a caring and dedicated physician, family man, and naturalist. The Appalachian Laboratory honors his memory through its promotion of environmental education in Western Maryland and the people who excel in its practice. 

The Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award provides $1,500 to support further environmental education activities.

The endowment supporting the award was made possible through the generous support of Allegheny Power, NewPage Corporation, Mettiki Coal, LLC, and numerous other donors over the past decade. Generous sponsors of this year's program include Wells Fargo Advisors, AES Warrior Run, Frostburg State University Foundation, Susquehanna Bank, and First United Bank & Trust.