ST. CHARLES – The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles presented its annual Golden Turtle Awards at the Bob Leonard River Run and Walk on Aug. 9 at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.
The individual award went to Pam Otto, the St. Charles Park District's manager of nature programs and interpretive services. Otto cultivates ongoing environmental partnerships with St. Charles School District 303, the Kane County Audubon Society and the Kane County Forest Preserve District. She has taught wetland ecology for 14 years, and it is the first field trip the park district offers in partnership with District 303. About 1,000 students a year participate in the trip, plus teachers and chaperones, according to a news release. Otto also writes a weekly column for the Kane County Chronicle.
The group award went to the Pottawatomie Garden Club, which was established in 1928. The award-winning club of about 120 active volunteer members has enhanced and maintained both public and private properties in St. Charles, according to the release. Each spring and fall, the club plants flowers on the Main and Illinois street bridges and all around downtown St Charles. The club also provides the stewardship of the native planting areas along the Bob Leonard walkway.
Holly Cabel, the foundation's president, presented the awards to Otto and the Pottawatomie Garden Club. The Golden Turtle Awards recognize a person, group or organization that has contributed significantly to the development, preservation, enhancement and appreciation of the Fox River Corridor in St. Charles, according to the release.
For more information and photos, visit www.stcrivercorridor.org.