Agents of Discovery’s (AoD) Smokey Bear Mission was honored by the NAI (National Association for Interpretation) at their 2022 award ceremony last Thursday, December 15. NAI’s Interpretive Media Awards promote excellence in delivery of natural, cultural, and historical non personal interpretive services. Entrants are evaluated by a panel of experts, who provide valuable feedback on the projects. The Corps Network has been a longtime partner of AoD, supporting several campaigns including their D.C. Explorer Mission, this past fall, and has supported the Smokey Bear Mission since its inception.
The Smokey Bear Mission, which aims to bring Smokey’s message of wildfire safety and personal responsibility to a new generation, won a first place prize in the Digital Media category and was honored for its innovative ability to bridge the gap between screens and the environment. The mission has helped teach almost 20,000 players the importance of wildfire safety. Amtchat Edwards, Partnership Liaison, Maureen Brooks, Branch Chief from the U.S. Forest Service and Misty Mitchell, Director of Wildlife Conservation at Wonders of Wildlife received the award along with AoD’s CEO, Mary Clark.