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.

The 2018 Partnership Awards Call for Entries is Now Open!

How to Participate

From September 20, 2017 to December 1, 2017: Review the award categories below and then access the online application form associated with each category. You will need to create a Submittable account in order to save, edit and submit your application. All application materials, including the online form, fees, and supplemental materials are due December 1, 2017. Hard copies of materials (if applicable) must be received by December 1, 2017 as well. Contact us if you have questions or would like more information.

You may submit more than one entry to multiple categories. However, please note that if you are submitting multiple entries to one category, you will only be allowed to save one draft at a time for that category. Your organization may create multiple Submittable accounts to save multiple drafts or you can submit entries to that category, one at a time.


For the Agency Leadership, Corporate Stewardship, and Public Lands Partner Awards, there is no fee to submit a nomination.

Innovative Product of the Year, Outstanding Public Engagement of the Year and Publication of the Year categories require a fee:

  • $60 per entry for Public Lands Alliance Members, Government Agency Staff and Corporate Partners (Benefactors and Contributors)

  • $90 per entry for Non-Members and Non-Partners

For entries that require a fee, please pay online or send a check payable to "Public Lands Alliance" to:

Partnership Awards Program
2401 Blueridge Avenue, Suite 303
Silver Spring, MD 20902 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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