More than 400 guests gathered on April 16 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the incredible and important role national parks and monuments play in telling the nation’s story and forging family memories.
The featured speaker of the evening, acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams and the newest recipient of The Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks , spoke eloquently about the value and importance of national parks in her life and that of her family. She praised leaders of the past for their commitment to protecting and enhancing national parks, not only in words but in action; and she challenged advocates and leaders of today and the future to boldly make a difference in supporting national parks and the National Park Service as they enter their second century.
Terry’s remarks and stories naturally fit with the event’s design theme, which centered around postcards and sharing national park stories. Terry gave a stamped postcard from Canyonlands National Park to each guest. The postcards theme was further tied together through the décor and guests contributing their own stories shared during the event via Twitter (#MyParkStory) or by writing postcards available at designated stations.
The Salute to the Parks and Park Partners Gala offers one of the largest and most influential gatherings involving 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. We hope you will join us in 2014; stay tuned for next year’s event details.
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Each year, NPCA identifies an individual or organization that through the arts, media, or academia effectively and consistently communicates to the American public the values of the National Park System and the national park ideal. This year, NPCA is honored to present the Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks to conservationist and author, Terry Tempest Williams.
Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech; she has consistently demonstrated how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.
Williams has touched thousands of readers through her books, lectures, and interviews sharing the spiritual value of America’s wild lands, especially those in Utah and Wyoming. In 2009, she was featured in Ken Burns’ film, National Parks: America’s Best Idea. She has a tremendous talent for articulating, in a poetic way, the importance of staying connected to the land and to nature and reminding us that understanding the natural world is vital for our survival and health. She has fought for the preservation of wilderness, threatened species, and human dignity at home and around the world.
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field, Desert Quartet, Leap, Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert, and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in 2008. Her most recent book is When Women Were Birds, published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.
She has received many distinguished awards for her work, including the David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association, and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She also is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.