Partnership Awards

About the Program

The Partnership Awards celebrate the best in public lands partnerships, recognizing individuals, organizations, publications, products, programs and services that embody leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. This program recognizes excellence in public lands partnerships, innovative solutions to challenges and outstanding programs and events that enhance the visitor experience on public lands.

Award Categories

The awards are given in six categories with the first three honoring individuals and organizations that are key to successful and vibrant public lands partnerships and the following three categories celebrating the products, programs and initiatives created in partnership that enrich and enliven our public lands.

Corporate Stewardship

The Corporate Stewardship Award recognizes a company that has demonstrated exceptional achievement to enhance the quality of the visitor experience in America’s public lands. This award is presented to a corporation that has made an impact through activities like product development, cause marketing and philanthropic support.

Public Lands Partner

The Public Lands Partner Award recognizes an exemplary partnership for a stunning achievement to protect and preserve our public lands and enhance the experiences of their visitors and users. The award is presented in tandem to both the nonprofit and agency partners for their shared achievements.

Agency Leadership

The Agency Leadership Award recognizes a public land management agency employee for outstanding accomplishments in championing, cultivating and leading partnerships. The award is presented to an individual currently employed by a federal or state public land management agency.

Innovative Product

The Innovative Product Award recognizes an interpretive product of any medium created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency that embodies a path-breaking approach to achieve a public lands mission. Eligible nominees include, but are not limited to, replica pottery, jewelry, mobile apps and clothing or outerwear.

Outstanding Public Engagement

The Outstanding Public Engagement Award recognizes exemplary products, displays, programs or services created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency that advance meaningful and sustainable connections between individuals and America’s public lands.

Publication of the Year

The Publication of the Year Award recognizes a book or other publication created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency that embodies innovation in educating and interpreting public lands to its readers and impacts a substantial audience. Two awards are given annually based on the annual revenue of the nonprofit public lands partner that helped develop the product.


2017 Partnership Awards

We will announce the call for 2017 award submissions later this year. Sign up for Newswire to receive the latest information.

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Past Recipients