NAA Awards

Many natural areas professionals labor tirelessly for years- even their entire careers- to conserve natural areas.

As an organization dedicated to supporting this community, its important to recognize and celebrate the people and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to stewarding natural areas.

We present two annual awards, the George B. Fell Award, and Carl N. Becker Award, to shine light on those worthy of recognitionthose who have significantly advocated for and advanced research, methods or policy approaches for better identification and protection of natural areas. 

Each year, we honor award recipients during the Natural Areas Conference at the Natural Areas Conference Awards Dinner. This is the highlight of the conference and an event that is not to be missed.


Nominations are open for the 2020 George B. Fell Award and Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award until May 1. Click below to nominate someone.

Click to watch the moving acceptance speech of our 2018 Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award recipient, Joyce Bender. 


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