Thousands of employees, volunteers, and partners are committed to ensuring that the National Park System represents America at its best. The men and women who make up the National Park Service embody the spirit of America—dedicated, creative, and hard-working people who care passionately about preserving the lands and cultures that epitomize our shared American heritage.
We're proud of our employees and those who work with us and their dedication and amazing diversity of skills and talents. It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate their outstanding achievements through awards.
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Featured National Awards
John L. Cotter Awards
The John L. Cotter Awards recognize archeological accomplishments of National Park Service staff and partnership researchers.
Excellence in Education Awards
This award recognizes innovation and adaptation within education program planning, development, and implementation.
Freeman Tilden Awards
The Tilden Awards are presented to NPS employees for innovative contributions in interpretive programming.
NATURAL & CULTURAL RESOURCES
Natural and Cultural Resources Awards
The Director's Awards for Natural and Cultural Resources recognizes outstanding stewardship in national parks.
James V. Murfin Awards
The James V. Murfin Awards celebrate the invaluable contributions of partnerships and cooperating associations.
Harry Yount Awards
The Yount Awards honors individuals who exemplify the proud tradition of park rangering from a variety of career fields.
George & Helen Hartzog Awards
The Hartzog Awards recognize the invaluable service of NPS volunteers and volunteer programs across the country.
Wes Henry Awards
The Wes Henry Awards celebrate outstanding efforts and dedication to preserving wild lands.
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The National Park Service and National Park Foundation hosted a ceremony on August 24, 2022, to honor the recipients of the Director's Service Awards, including the Freeman Tilden Awards, Harry Yount Award, George & Helen Hartzog Awards, James V. Murfin Awards, Wes Henry Awards, and Excellence in Education Awards.
Awards & Recognition Stories
Last updated: January 20, 2023