National Wildlife Refuge System Awards

Nomination Forms | Guidelines | Past Winners

The National Wildlife Refuge System depends on the dedication of its exceptional workforce and the devotion of its volunteers, Friends groups and advocates in order to manage the world’s largest network of lands and waters set aside for wildlife conservation.

Every year, the National Wildlife Refuge Association honors the outstanding accomplishments by refuge managers, refuge employees, volunteers, Friends groups, and refuge advocates through our Refuge System Awards program. 

Think back over the past year and take this opportunity to recognize the dedicated people whose achievements were instrumental in strengthening our national wildlife refuges. We encourage nominations from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends Groups, other federal, state, and local government agencies, private individuals, and conservation organizations.  We welcome the nomination of candidates from previous years who were not selected to receive an award.  Feel free to make this application information available to any individual, group or agency you think might be interested in providing a nomination.

Visit our Nomination Forms and Guidelines pages to learn more about each award and to download the nomination forms.

Nominations are due no later than November 15, 2019.

Results will be announced in early March 2020, with a presentation dinner event later in the spring. 

To submit a nomination, please send the completed form to Debbie Harwood by email at or mail to:

National Wildlife Refuge Association
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 905
Washington, DC 20036.

Electronic nominations are preferred but not required.  You will receive email confirmation that your nomination has been received.

Questions? Email Debbie Harwood.