October 10, 2023


Parks & Trails New York is New York's leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space.

This year, our Honoree was very near and dear to us:
Our former and recently departed Executive Director, Robin Dropkin.

To have known Robin was to have known an indomitable spirit committed to New York's outdoors. From successfully leading the charge against closing state parks in 2010, to her decades of trail advocacy that was critical in formation of the Empire State Trail, Robin was tireless in her work for our parks, trails, and public lands.

Thank you for helping us, from near or far, celebrate this incredible woman and her legacy. Robin's commitment is truly etched upon our green spaces across the state.

Parks & Trails New York presented the Perkins Award at a gala cocktail reception
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on October 10, 2023
at The University Club at One West 54th Street.

You can still donate to celebrate Robin's lasting impact,
and help us build even more on her lasting foundation.


About the George W. Perkins Award

The George W. Perkins Award was established by Parks & Trails New York to honor outstanding environmental leadership and public service.

The Award is named for George W. Perkins, who, as a long-time member and president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, was a model of the best in conservation leadership. The Award is presented to a leader with a distinguished record of environmental accomplishment and public service.

The Perkins Award has a distinguished history, honoring leaders in government, business, and philanthropy.
Past Perkins honorees include Governor Cuomo, Douglas Durst, Citi, Joan Davidson, Brookfield, Larry Rockefeller, and Diana Taylor.

The George W. Perkins Award is usually presented in the fall at a cocktail reception in New York City. These events typically attract an audience of 100-200 guests including public officials, corporate and business leaders, and people active in environmental and civic endeavors. They also bring together old and new friends of both Parks & Trails New York and the honoree.