Dr. Joseph Stickler of Valley City State University accepted the 2010 “ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR” Trees Award at the Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony held in Fargo on November 13, 2010. Nominations were received from across the state and the award winners were recognized by the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota State University.
Since 1992, Professor Joe Stickler, Valley City State University, and his students have been working on the Medicine Wheel Park. Professor Stickler had the inspiration for the park and has been the sparkplug in its development. The project has expanded beyond the classroom to involve the community of Valley City. The park includes two solar calendars, a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, nature trails, scenic overlooks and a 3,000 square food perennial flower garden.
Area residents are regularly treated to environmental presentations at the park. The solar system model is an awesome display as well as a healthy hike. This trail winds through the forest along the Sheyenne River and also overlooks Valley City.
The award winners were honored at the Fargodome. During the awards ceremony, NDSU President Dean Bresciani and State Forester Larry Kotchman, presented each winner with a special Trees Awards plaque and limited edition centennial trees print. The award winners were also recognized on the field during the NDSU half-time activities at the Trees Bowl football game in the Fargodome.