34th Annual Salute to the Parks Awards Dinner
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:00pm - Reception
7:00pm - Dinner and Awards Presentations
The National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Topper Shutt, WUSA9 Chief Meteorologist
with a presentation of the
Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks
The Honorable Patty Murray, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Mike Simpson, U.S. House of Representatives
with a presentation of the
William Penn Mott, Jr. Park Leadership Award
We are thrilled that we will be joined by Colton Smith and Jack Steward, hosts of the CW’s Rock the Park television show. Colton and Jack have made it their life’s mission to explore every national park in the country. The show attracts a diverse audience of families and aims to inspire others to seek adventure in the uniqueness of these special places.
Special Thanks to our Gala Sponsors
Special Thanks to our Gala Supporter
The 34th Annual Salute to the Parks Awards Dinner offers one of the largest and most influential gatherings of the conservation and environmental communities. This annual event celebrates America's national parks, calls attention to their needs, and recognizes individuals and organizations whose dedication to the national parks and impact on the system deserve attention.
For Sponsorship Opportunities or RSVP information please contact Natasha Berman, Senior Director of Development Operations & Special Events, at 202.454.3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas Brinkley Biography:
Douglas Brinkley is a Professor of History at Rice University, bestselling author, and presidential historian for CBS News. CNN has described him as “a man who knows more about the presidency than just about any human being alive.” He serves as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and Audubon. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, and the Society of American Historians. Read More >
No less than eight of Brinkley’s books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Likewise, each of his most recent publications have been New York Times bestsellers. His most recent, Cronkite, is the definitive biography of the CBS News anchorman. It was selected as one of The Washington Post’s best books of 2012.
He is also finishing the third volume of his U.S. environmental history series, tentatively titled Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. The first two volumes—The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879 to 1960—were published in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Both were major bestsellers.
Brinkley has been actively involved in the conservation environmental community. Over the course of his career, he has held board of leadership advisory roles in the American Museum of Natural History, Yellowstone Park Foundation, National Audubon Society and the Rockefeller-Roosevelt Conservation Roundtable.
Brinkley completed his bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University in 1989. He then spent years at the U.S. Naval Academy and Princeton University teaching history.
He has also received numerous honorary doctorates from top schools including Trinity College in Connecticut, Westfield University, Hofstra University, Allegheny College and the University of Maine for his work as an Americanist. He lives in Austin and Houston, Texas, with his wife and three children.