Trophies at Award Ceremony

Welcome to the Director’s Recognition Awards Program webpage.

Through this program, the California Department of Parks and Recreation recognizes exceptional and outstanding accomplishments that further the mission, goals, and core values of the department.

All employees—regardless of classification, level, time base, or pay status—are eligible for recognition. 

The Director’s Recognition Awards Program is also intended to remind employees of the proud heritage of public service that has become a tradition with the California State Parks System. This tradition has been established and shaped by some of the most important and inspiring figures in the history of the American Parks Movement. (For more information on the inspiring people for whom these awards were named after, visit the Award Categories & Descriptions tab on right.)

A thank you to all employees for their dedication to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Their dedication has a direct and positive impact on the millions of people who visit state parks. Through their efforts, they help to improve communities across the state, protect natural and cultural resources, promote recreational opportunities and preserve California’s heritage.