Award Nomination Instructions

Submission Instructions

Award nominations should be submitted as a single PDF not to exceed 10 pages or 10MB file size, and must follow the nomination format below (Cover Page, Nomination Narrative, Supporting Documents). Once complete, please submit your nomination to trails@parks.ca.gov with subject line “Award Nomination”. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within 3 business days, please contact us again without the attachment so that we can make sure your nomination is received. Please let us know if you believe your nomination package warrants special accommodation.

Nomination Format

Cover Page

The cover page should include the following information on a single page using 12-point Arial font.

  1. Award Category
  2. Nomination Details
    • Nominee (Individual or Organization)
    • Name of Project or Program (for Merit Awards)
  3. Nominee Contact Information
    • Point of Contact
    • Organization
    • Phone Number and Email Address
  4. Submitter Contact Information
    • Name
    • Organization
    • Phone Number and Email Address
  5. Nomination Summary
    1. A concise summary (max. 60 words) of the nomination narrative. If the nominee is selected for an award, this paragraph will serve as content in program materials.

Nomination Narrative

Nominations must meet the following award criteria and exemplify integrity and social and environmental responsibility to be considered for the award. The nomination narrative should address the award criteria for the relevant category in no more than two pages using single-spaced 12-point Arial font. Nominations are ranked by the Awards Committee lowest to highest based on how well the narrative addresses the award criteria.

Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award

  • Document nominee’s 25+ years of volunteer work on behalf of trails.
  • Describe nominee's involvement in planning, developing and/or promoting trails.
  • Describe how nominee’s leadership, achievements and influence have impacted trails locally and statewide.
  • Describe how nominee's contributions to trails has been exceptional and important.

Lifetime Professional Achievement Award

  • Document nominee’s 25+ years of working as a trails or greenways’ professional on behalf of trails.
  • Describe nominee's involvement in planning, developing, and/or promoting trails.
  • Describe how nominee's contributions to trails has been exceptional and important.
  • Document nominee's contribution of personal (volunteer) time over the past 25+ years on behalf of trails.
  • Describe how the nominee’s leadership, achievements and influence have impacted trails locally and statewide.

Trail Champion Award

  • The nominee must be a volunteer, elected official, or professional. If the nominee is a trail professional, documentation must be provided demonstrating that the work is above and beyond normal and required duties.
  • Document nominee’s 7+ years of public involvement in support of California’s trails and greenways.
  • Describe how nominee’s efforts and commitment have led to an expansion of trail/greenways networks and/or programs.
  • Describe how the nominee’s actions have involved planning, developing, funding, maintaining and/or promoting trails/greenways. Document the nominee’s accomplishments related to the creation of a specific “product” such as a trail, greenway or related program.
  • Describe how nominee’s contribution to trails/greenways has been exceptional and important.

Merit Awards: Acquisition/Development/Planning

  • What was the date the project was completed or a significant milestone was achieved?
  • How is the project successful, special, unusual, creative, innovative, and/or unique?      
  • How has the project involved community resources such as people or funding?
  • How has the project benefited the community?
  • How does the project serve as a model or provide guidance or inspiration to others?

Merit Award: Program

  • What date was this program instituted?
  • How did the program benefit trails?
  • How was the program successful and effective?
  • How was the program special, unusual, creative, innovative, and/or unique?
  • How did the program raise awareness, funding, partnerships, volunteers, or other benefits for the community?
  • How did the program serve as a model or inspiration for others?

Merit Award: Outreach

  • What date was this program instituted?
  • What innovative approaches were used to stimulate the imagination and promote interest and appreciation for trails and the natural environment?
  • How were creative, interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components used?
  • Was there a component to encourage healthy lifestyles?
  • How was the program successful in engaging historically underserved communities in outdoor experiences?
  • How does the program serve as a model or inspiration for other agencies or organizations seeking ways to engage historically underserved communities?

Merit Award: Kids & Trails

  • What date was this program instituted?
  • What innovative approaches were used to stimulate kids’ imagination and promote their interest in and appreciation for the natural environment using trails?
  • How were creative interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components used?
  • Was there a component to encourage developing a healthy lifestyle?
  • How was the effort successful in engaging children and youth in outdoor experiences?
  • How does the project serve as a model or provide inspiration to others?

Merit Award: Event

  • What was the date of the event?
  • Describe the targeted community and the extent to which the event engaged that community?
  • What measurements were used to determine the event's success and effectiveness?
  • How was the event special, unusual, creative, innovative, and/or unique?
  • How did the event benefit trails (i.e. raising public awareness, money, or volunteer service)?
  • How does the project serve as a model or provide inspiration to others?

Merit Award: Technology

  • What date was the website or technology launched?
  • Does the website, technology, or other social media provide trail-related information in a clear, logical, and useful format?
  • Is the trail information valuable, relevant and timely as presented to the public?
  • How is the website, social media, or technology special, unusual, creative, innovative, and/or unique in presenting trail-related information?
  • How is the success of the website, social media, or technology measured, and has success been achieved by these measurements?
  • To what extent does the program serve as an important model or inspiration for other agencies or organizations?

Supporting Documents

Include up to seven pages of supporting documents. Supporting documents might include brochures, maps, photographs, articles, letters of support, screenshots, or other supporting materials.