Partnership Awards


About the Partnership Awards 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.


Vote For Your Favorite Partnership Submission!

From February 1 to February 28 at 3pm PT, you're invited to vote for your favorite submission to the Publication of the Year, Outstanding Public Engagement of the Year, and Innovative Product of the Year categories.

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2018 Partnership Awards Winners will be Announced this February

Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced at the Closing Banquet and Awards Ceremony during our 2018 Convention and Trade Show at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. We hope you'll join us on February 28, 2018 for the ceremony as we celebrate public lands partnerships!



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.

View the application links below and sign-in to Submittable to view the application questions.


Agency Leadership

This 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.


Submission: No Fee

Corporate Stewardship

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

Submission: No Fee

Public Lands Partner

This 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 to both the nonprofit and agency partners for their shared achievements.


Submission: No Fee

Innovative Product

This award recognizes an interpretive product created in partnership by a nonprofit organization and a land management agency and that embodies a path-breaking approach to achieve a public lands mission.



Submission: $60 for PLA Members, Govt Agency, and Corporate Partners / $90 for Non-Members and Non-Partners

Outstanding Public Engagement

This 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.


Submission: $60 for PLA Members, Govt Agency, and Corporate Partners / $90 for Non-Members and Non-Partners

Publication of the Year

This 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.


Submission: $60 for PLA Members, Govt Agency, and Corporate Partners / $90 for Non-Members and Non-Partners

Thank You to Our 2018 Partnership Awards Sponsor!


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