October 08, 2024


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 we're honoring a NYS Parks institution:
Former Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Erik Kulleseid

From overseeing the continued revitalization of our NYS Parks System, planning for Parks' Centennial in 2024, to keeping our parks open and safe for all New Yorkers during the pandemic, former Commissioner Kulleseid has left a lasting impact on the public green spaces in NYS.

Join us October 8th, 2024 at the City Winery in NYC to celebrate his work and legacy. We'll have hors d'oeuvres, great company, beautiful river vistas, and one of the best annual celebrations around! We'll also be conferring our second annual Robin Dropkin Legislative Excellence Award to a NYS Legislator who has gone above and beyond for our public lands, and the communities who rely on them.

Join our Co-Chairs Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Alpa Inamdar, & Dr. Anjana Poonthota
by becoming an Honorary Committee Member today.

Parks & Trails New York presents the Perkins Award at a gala cocktail reception
from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on October 8, 2024
at the City Winery, 25 11th Avenue, NYC.

Help us celebrate New York's unparalleled network of public lands.
Join the Perkins Reception Honorary Committee today!


Unable to join the Honorary Committee?
You can still celebrate former Commissioner Kulleseid's lasting legacy
by making a donation in his honor.


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.