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TEXANS FOR STATE PARKS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

In accordance with the Bylaws, an Annual Conference of the members is held each year for the transaction of such business as may come before the meeting.  Non-members are also invited to attend.

The annual conference provides an opportunity to help keep members and other park supporters informed about issues affecting the state park system and to have an opportunity to get involved and possibly make a difference.  It also provides an opportunity for members and interested persons to network with others working in support of the parks.

The conference normally begins Friday evening when members have the opportunity for presentations to show off their work in their parks and continues Saturday with the State of State Parks by State Park Division officials, presentation of the Volunteer Service Awards and informative programs for the volunteer groups.  And, just for fun, a Silent Auction has recently been added to the program.

The conferences are held in various areas of the state each year in order to make it more accessible to members and park supporters around the state.

                              2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Texans for State Parks 2023 Annual Conference
February 3-4, 2023
McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX
Hosted by Friends of McKinney Falls State Park

The Conference will be held at the Dining Hall. Limited campsites may be available for registrants. For information about overnight accommodations contact Linda Evans, [email protected] or phone 512.444.8079. Watch for more details about reservations and the program as they are available throughout the months ahead.

During the conference, as in previous years, TfSP will recognize individuals and organizations for noteworthy and distinguished service to Texas State Parks.
Nominations are normally accepted a month prior to the conference. The date for submitting nominations will be posted here as soon as it’s available.

For additional information and photos see
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/McKinney Falls State Park/

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

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AWARDS PROGRAM

Texans for State Parks have developed an Awards Program to positively recognize persons for their exemplary service for State Park.  The volunteer award program coincides with the annual Conference each year.

Nominations will be taken approximately a month prior to the conference.  The nominations will be reviewed by a committee of TfSP board members who will forward their recommendations to the TfSP Board of Directors for final approval and presentation at our annual Conference.    

Nominations may be submitted by Friends Group members, State Park staff, or any other individual.  Although there are countless persons throughout the state deserving of awards, only one award will be presented in each of three categories,
Dstinguished Park “Superintendent, Distinguished TPWD Staff member, Distinguished Volunteer, and Distinguished Park Friends Group.  Forms for submitting nominations electronically are available on this page below.  

 

                NOMINATION FORMS FOR AWARDS 

Distinguished Volunteer:    

 

Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
describing why you are nominating an individual for the Distinguished
Volunteer
Award. You may use any of the below suggestions to support your nomination.

  1. Demonstrates positive leadership and cooperative qualities when working with
    others
  2. Distinguishes themselves with their outstanding participation and dedication
    during the year.
  3. Continually supports programs that protect the park’s natural and cultural
    resources for future generations
  4. Supports the park to create positive public involvement for future stewards of the
    park
  5. Promotes the Park Friends Program in their efforts to increase membership,
    participation, and involvement in their Park Friends group.
  6. Assists in developing events that will inspire the public to learn more about the
    outdoors while enjoying outdoor activities and festivities.
  7. Works to increase park’s usage by diverse groups

    Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
    describing why you are nominating an individual for the Distinguished Volunteer
    Award. You may use any of the below suggestions to support your nomination.

    1. Demonstrates positive leadership and cooperative qualities when working with
      others
    2. Distinguishes themselves with their outstanding participation and dedication
      during the year.
    3. Continually supports programs that protect the park’s natural and cultural
      resources for future generations
    4. Supports the park to create positive public involvement for future stewards of the
      park
    5. Promotes the Park Friends Program in their efforts to increase membership,
      participation, and involvement in their Park Friends group.
    6. Assists in developing events that will inspire the public to learn more about the
      outdoors while enjoying outdoor activities and festivities.
    7. Works to increase park’s usage by diverse groups

    Distinguished Friends Group:   

     

    Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
    describing why you would like to nominate your Friends Group for the
    Distinguished Friends Group Award. You may use any of the below suggestions
    to support your nomination.

    1. Continually works to provide programs that protect the park’s natural and cultural
      resources for future generations.
    2. Through programs and events, encourages the participation of children, families, and
      school groups in park activities and creates future stewards of the park.
    3. Promotes increased membership and participation in the Park Friends Program.
    4. Supports the park’s needs and develops programs to meet those needs.
    5. Works to increase park usage by diverse groups.
    6. Finds creative solutions to long-standing problems facing the park.

      Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
      describing why you would like to nominate your Friends Group for the
      Distinguished Friends Group Award. You may use any of the below suggestions
      to support your nomination.

      1. Continually works to provide programs that protect the park’s natural and cultural
        resources for future generations.
      2. Through programs and events, encourages the participation of children, families, and
        school groups in park activities and creates future stewards of the park.
      3. Promotes increased membership and participation in the Park Friends Program.
      4. Supports the park’s needs and develops programs to meet those needs.
      5. Works to increase park usage by diverse groups.
      6. Finds creative solutions to long-standing problems facing the park.

       

      Distinguished Staff member:  

       

      Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
      describing why you are nominating your Park Ranger for the Distinguished Park
      Ranger Award. You may use any of the below suggestions to support your
      nomination.

      1. Supports and encourages a Park Friends Program.
      2. Through programs and events, encourages the participation of children, families, and
        school groups in park activities and creates future stewards of the park.
      3. Recognizes park needs and develops innovative programs to meet those needs.
      4. Promotes the involvement of diverse groups in park events and activities.
      5. Leads demonstrates, and continually promotes the most cost-efficient practices within
        the park.

        Please write a descriptive narrative of 2000 characters (~500 words) or less
        describing why you are nominating your Park Ranger for the Distinguished Park
        Ranger Award. You may use any of the below suggestions to support your
        nomination.

        1. Supports and encourages a Park Friends Program.
        2. Through programs and events, encourages the participation of children, families, and
          school groups in park activities and creates future stewards of the park.
        3. Recognizes park needs and develops innovative programs to meet those needs.
        4. Promotes the involvement of diverse groups in park events and activities.
        5. Leads demonstrates, and continually promotes the most cost-efficient practices within
          the park.

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