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American Park Experience Award

Recent American Park Experience Award Recipients

Secretary Ken Salazar Celebrated for Expanding the American Park Experience (2010)

“In my job, I always say the most inspiring thing I get to do is work with young people,” remarked Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar at an event in his honor at DAR’s O’Byrne Gallery where he was celebrated by federal officials, corporate stakeholders, environmentalists and school administrators.

The Secretary was there to accept NPT’s second American Park Experience Award – a tribute reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions to enhance the awareness and appreciation of our nation’s parks, wildlife refuges, and historic landmarks (the first co-recipients were Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan). The Secretary was tapped for the award because of his lengthy history of land preservation, in creating Sand Dunes National Park and conserving the South Platte River Basin, pursuing full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, along with spearheading the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and Listening Sessions, and creating the Office of Youth in the Great Outdoors. But through his remarks, Secretary Salazar focused on the urgency of making the parks a vital fixture in the lives of the next generation... read more »

Past Recipients

2009: Director Ken Burns
2010: Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

The American Park Experience Award is given to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to enhance the awareness and appreciation of our nation's parks, wildlife refuges and/or historic landmarks.