Department Awards / Recognition

2017

National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials
Outstanding Support Organization – Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers

El Paso County Innovative Award
Nature Center Innovative Programming Team

Pikes Peak Earth Day Greenie Award “Community Category”
Fountain Creek Nature Center

Colorado County Veterans Service Officers Association
Carl McDaniel, Veteran Services Officer
Louis Nardini Award

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association
Kathy Andrew, Environmental Division Manager
President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Industry

2016

National Association of Counties (NACO)
Achievement Award
Innovative Programming Initiative

Western Extension Directors’ Association Award of Excellence
Colorado Building Farmers Program

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award
Fountain Creek Nature Center Expansion Project

Colorado Open Space Alliance
Blue Grama Award
Fountain Creek Regional Park Master Plan

2015

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Zombie Run Emergency Preparedness Event

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Tackle the Trash

2014

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award
Restoration efforts of Black Forest Regional Park after the fire and subsequent floods

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Commodes into Roads

Colorado Weed Management Association Partnership Award
Outstanding Teamwork and Cooperation in Noxious Weed Management

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Park Planning Program

Pikes Peak Earth Day Greenie Award
Environmental Category – Fountain Creek Nature Center

2013

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award
El Paso County Parks Master Plan

American Planning Association (APA) Colorado Merit Award
El Paso County Parks Master Plan

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Great Parks Festival

2012

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Family Outdoor Clubs

2011

2011 Partnership for Community Design
Pineries Open Space Master Plan

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award
Pineries Open Space Master Plan

Trails and Open Space Coalition Stewardship Award
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers

Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education – Award of Excellence
Fountain Creek Nature Center, “Discover the Wetlands” Environmental Education Program

National Association of Counties (NACO) Planning Initiative Award in Environmental Conservation
Pineries Open Space Master Plan

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
Household Hazardous Waste Drop & Swap Program
Veteran Services Outreach Program

2010

Colorado Lottery Starburst Award
Stratmoor Valley Neighborhood Park

National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award
County Fair Sustainability Program
Operation Medicine Round-up Household Medication Disposal Program