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
ARCHEOLOGYAward for Excellence in NPS Archeology
These two awards recognize NPS archeologists’ professional achievements and archeological projects by individuals or groups.
Excellence in Education Awards
This award recognizes innovation and adaptation within education program planning, development, and implementation.
Excellence in Interpretation Awards
The Excellence in Interpretation awards are presented to NPS employees for innovative contributions in interpretive programming.
NATURAL & CULTURAL RESOURCESNatural and Cultural Resources Awards
The Director's Awards for Natural and Cultural Resources recognizes outstanding stewardship in national parks.
Cooperating Association Partnership
The Excellence in Cooperating Association Partnership awards celebrate the contributions of partnerships and cooperating associations.
RANGERINGHarry Yount Awards
The Yount Awards honors individuals who exemplify the proud tradition of park rangering from a variety of career fields.
Excellence in Volunteerism Awards
The Excellence in Volunteerism Awards recognize the invaluable service of NPS volunteers and volunteer programs across the country.
WILDERNESS STEWARDSHIPWes Henry Awards
The Wes Henry Awards celebrate outstanding efforts and dedication to preserving wild lands.
Last updated: February 6, 2024