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The 2024 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Texans for State Parks Annual Conference of the members is held each year for the transaction of the group’s business. The conference is open to all members, and 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 make a difference. It also provides an opportunity for members and interested persons to network with others working in support of the parks.Mark your calendar for the 2024 Texans for State Parks Annual Conference! The conference is scheduled for April 12 and 13, 2024 at Tyler State Park in the north east Texas Piney Woods. The Conference will begin Friday evening. Registration will begin at 5 pm, followed by welcome and a light meal at 6 pm. Presentations will begin at 7:00 pm when members have the opportunity to show off their work in their parks. There will also be space for vendors who have items of interest for members, and for members to display information on their organizations and activities. welcome and a light meal at 6 pm.
There will also be space for vendors who have items of interest for members, and for members to display information on their organizations and activities.

To register online  click on CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM or contact [email protected] for a printed form.

 

2024 OUTSTANDING AWARDS PROGRAM
Texans for State Parks has developed an Awards Program to positively recognize persons for their exemplary service to our State Parks. The 2024 Nominations may be submitted beginning December 7 and will close February 15th. The presentation of the awards will coincide with the Texans for State Parks Annual Conference each year. Again this year Awards will be presented in four categories in each of the six (6) Texas State Parks Regional Areas. The four categories will be Outstanding Superintendent, Outstanding Staff Member, Outstanding Volunteer, and Outstanding Friends Group.
Nominations may be submitted by the general public, the State Park Staff, or the Friends Group members. For any nomination to be considered, it will have to be submitted through the Texans for State Parks Website using the format provided. Good park communication will avoid duplication of nominations. The nomination committee will present a list of those nominated to each of the regional directors for their review. Those nominated from each region will be voted on by the nomination committee to determine the final four awards in each region. The final results will be presented by the nominations committee to the President and full board of directors. A winner cannot be nominated again for five years.
Scroll down to find nomination forms for each of the 4 categories.
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Outstanding Superintendent Award Nomination Form

Please write a descriptive narrative, in paragraphs with specific examples,
describing why you are nominating this Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
for the Outstanding Superintendent Award. You should give examples using any or all of the suggestions below to support your nomination.

  1. What has the nominee done to improve teamwork and the staff work environment of their park?
  2. How has the nominee implemented or furthered the Texas State Parks mission in this park?
  3. How has the nominee provided leadership to the staff when the park has faced challenges or adversity?
  4. What improvements have occurred under the nominee’s leadership?
  5. Provide examples of the nominee’s work with the local community, partners, local businesses, or other external groups to promote the park and its mission.

Outstanding Staff Member Award Nomination Form

Please write a descriptive narrative, in paragraphs with specific examples,
describing why you are nominating your Staff Member for the Outstanding
Staff Member Award. You should use examples of any or all of the statements below to support your nomination.

  1. Shows confidence in performing tasks.
  2. Is able to positively interact with other staff members and the public during programs and events, encourages the participation of children, families, and school groups in park activities.
  3. Shows an ability to be resourceful and manage time well. .
  4. Demonstrates in their work and ability to be a team member, and is supportive of other staff members.
  5. Demonstrates good problem solving skills.
  6. Addresses conflict in an open positive manner to solve the problem.
  7. How do they interact with the public (give specific examples)

Outstanding Volunteer Award Nomination Form

Please write a good descriptive narrative, in paragraphs with specific examples,
describing why you are nominating an individual for the Outstanding Volunteer
Award. You should give examples using any or all of the suggestions below to support your nomination.

  1. What skills, qualities, or personal traits make this individual stand out from other volunteers at this park?
  2. Distinguishes themselves with their outstanding participation and dedication during the year.
  3. How does this volunteer’s efforts impact the park or its visitors?
  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.

Outstanding Friends Group Award Nomination Form

Please write a descriptive narrative, in paragraphs with specific examples,
describing why you would like to nominate your Friends Group for the
Outstanding Friends Group Award. You should give examples using any or all of the suggestions below to support your nomination.

  1. Continually works to provide programs that protect the park’s natural and cultural resources for future generations.
  2. Has the group improved their park facilities, trails or other visitor attractions?
  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. Does the group work well with park staff to enhance the park and the visitor experience? Provide examples.