Eagle Awards

Eagle Award Winners 2020
The 2020 Alabama State Parks Eagle Awards Photo: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship, Blake LeCroy (representing 2019 recipient Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers), Youth winner Bennett Reetz, Community Partner winner Katy Norton (representing the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau) and Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. Winners unable to attend were state Rep. Lynn Greer, Elected Official winner; Pam Swanner, Community Partner winner representing the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association; Will Rodgers, Park Partner winner; and Ted Dunham, Al LaPierre and Jim Urke, Volunteer in Parks winners.


The Alabama State Parks System annually honors outstanding efforts in supporting the parks with the presentation of the Eagle Award.


Nominations for 2021 Awards are now open. This year, nominations will be accepted in five categories: Elected Official, Community Partner, Park Partner, Volunteer in Parks (VIP), and Youth. Information about each of the categories is below. To submit a nomination, click the following link:




Elected Official: Our parks are shining examples of important quality of life amenities and the strong economic drivers needed in our communities. The support of elected officials is critical to the success of our parks. This award honors an elected official who has worked in conjunction with the parks to help fulfill its mission to preserve natural areas, operate recreational facilities and extend the public’s knowledge of the state’s natural environment.


Community Partner: The parks cannot succeed without the cooperation and support of community organizations such as other government organizations, chambers of commerce, tourism organizations and local businesses. These groups understand that the success of the park means success for the community and work in many different ways to help the parks achieve their goals.


Park Partner: Organizations work to provide or maintain amenities in the parks, such as hiking and biking trails, that otherwise might not exist due to the allocation of resources for other services. This award celebrates those partners who see a need and cooperate with park leadership to fill it.


Volunteer in Parks: These VIPs work in various ways to make our parks system better. Volunteers may be providing physical labor or strategic planning to improve one park, or the entire system of parks. This award honors a person who gives of his or her time for the benefit of every person who visits the parks, all without any expectation of any recognition.


Youth: Our parks inspire young – and old – alike, but the impression left on youngsters often lives with them forever. Many turn their love of the parks, of the outdoors, into projects to benefit some of their favorite places – often as part of a Scouting program. This award, for students 12th grade and younger, honors the person whose contribution is extraordinary.