Awards Program

The Awards Program at California Trails & Greenways is an opportunity to bring acknowledgement and appreciation to the individuals, organizations, agencies, and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity, and social responsibility have made outstanding contributions to promote, enhance, or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during the previous calendar year.

Award Categories

Nominations are welcome in the following categories. Awards are not necessarily presented for all categories each year; rather, awards are presented when a nomination is selected by the Awards Committee to represent notable achievement in the category for which an individual or organization has been nominated. All nominees must exemplify integrity and social and environmental responsibility and submissions must follow the nomination instructions.

AwardAward Description
Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award Honors an individual who has volunteered considerable personal time and leadership for more than 25 years on behalf of trails or greenways; whose achievements have furthered the cause of trails or greenways in California; and who has shared their trail skills and experience with others across the state.
Lifetime Professional Achievement Award Honors a park or trails professional who has worked far beyond their required duties for more than 25 years on behalf of trails or greenways; whose achievements have furthered the cause of trails or greenways in California; and who has shared their trail skills and experience with others across the state.
Trail Champion Award Honors an individual who has made significant contributions in support of trails or greenways in California. The award is open to persons (volunteer, elected official, or professional) who supported trails through design, development, maintenance, management or operation of trails in urban, suburban, or rural areas. Nominees must have been publicly involved with trail issues for at least seven (7) years. If the nominee is a trail professional (employed by a public agency, non-profit or private business whose primary job is trails or greenway-related), there must be significant contributions beyond normal work duties. The award is not open to anyone who has previously received a state, national, or international trails or greenway award. Extra consideration will be given for accomplishments related to the creation of a specific “product” such as a trail or greenway, or trail or greenway program.
Merit Award: Acquisition Honors an organization or agency that initiated and implemented a unique trail or greenway acquisition project that reached a significant milestone during the previous year.
Merit Award: Development Honors an organization or agency that initiated and implemented a unique trail or greenway development or reconstruction project that reached a significant milestone during the previous year.
Merit Award: Planning Honors an organization or agency that initiated and implemented a unique trail or greenway planning project that reached a significant milestone during the previous year.
Merit Award: Program Honors an organization or agency that initiated and implemented a new high-impact program trail or greenway program during the previous year.
Merit Award: Outreach Honors an individual, organization, agency, or business that established an innovative trails-focused program engaging historically underserved communities. Creative, interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components are recognized as well as innovative programs that spark interest in exploring open spaces and increase appreciation for the natural environment while developing healthy lifestyles.
Merit Award:
Kids & Trails
Honors an individual, organization, agency, or business that launched an innovative trails-focused program engaging children/youth. Creative, interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components are recognized as well as innovative programs that stimulate kids’ imaginations and promote interest in and appreciation for the natural environment while developing healthy lifestyles.
Merit Award:
Event
Honors an organization or agency that initiated and implemented a special and successful trail or greenway event. California Trail Days and National Trails Day events are eligible.
Merit Award: Technology Honors an organization, agency, or business that used social media in a new and creative way, developed a website that achieved overall excellence through design and concept, or applied new technologies to advance the promotion or development of trails and greenways.