Our Awards

“The Buddy” National Educator Award

The National Educator Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship recognizes an educator who has made a significant impact on his or her students’ understanding of the natural world and the importance of protecting our nation’s treasured parks.

4th-grade Teacher Jim Vail, 2024 Recipient
Congresswoman Diana DeGette, 2023 Recipient

Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and their service, skill, and innovation in support of our public lands and waters. 

American Park Experience Award

The American Park Experience Award honors an individual or group that has made extraordinary contributions to enhance the awareness and appreciation of our nation’s parks and public lands and waters.

Journalist Al Roker, 2024 Recipient