Pugsley Award

The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks, recreation and conservation in the United States.

Call for Pugsley Nominations

The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928. The winner of the first National level award was Stephen T. Mather, the first director and "father" of the National Park Service. The distinguished pedigree of subsequent honorees has confirmed the prestige and status of the awards.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration gratefully acknowledges the supporting sponsorship of The Davey Tree Expert Company. The professional reputation and capabilities of The Davey Tree Expert Company have grown over nearly 130 years to assume a leadership position across North America and internationally in tree, natural resource, and environmental management. Integrity is a core value of Davey Tree, inspiring trust and confidence with its customers through dependable, honest, and consistently excellent service. A flourishing, employee-owned enterprise with 7,000 associates, Davey Tree seeks to maintain the beauty and welfare of the natural environment. 

Thank you to our other partner, the National Park Foundation. Supporting the Pugsley program since 1985, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Its mission is to enrich America’s over 400 national parks and their programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.

The Academy has published two volumes containing bios of Pugsley Award recipients.  20th Century Champions of Parks and Conservation, Part One and Part Two can be ordered through Sagamore-Venture Publishing.

View biographies of Pugsley Award winners.