21CSC Champion of the Year Award


The 2017 21CSC Champion of the Year – National Distinction Award, presented to George McDonald of the National Park Service. Left to Right: two members of The Corps Network Corps Council (Marilee Eckert, Conservation Corps North Bay; Parc Smith, American YouthWorks); George McDonald, National Park Service; Harry Bruell, Conservation Legacy; Mary Ellen Sprenkel, The Corps Network.

The success of the 21CSC depends on the support of dedicated individuals from organizations and federal agencies that partner with local 21CSC programs. At the annual meeting of the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (P-21CSC), select individuals are honored as 21CSC Champions of the Year for their efforts to partner with 21CSC programs in engaging the next generation of conservationists. Champions are selected through a nomination process.

The Champions of the Year are awarded during the annual meeting of the P-21CSC, which takes place in February in Washington, DC. The P-21CSC meeting is part of The Corps Network’s National Conference.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2019 Champion of the Year Award!

Deadline: November 16, 2018
Please contact Hannah Traverse, Communications Manager at The Corps Network, htraverse@corpsnetwork.org, 202-737-6272

21CSC Champions 2018

The 2018 Champions of the Year were recognized February 12 in Washington, DC during the annual Partnership for the 21CSC Meeting, part of The Corps Network National Conference.

Read about the 21CSC Champion of the Year Finalists for 2018

  • Ben Baldwin
    National Park Service – Intermountain Regional Office
  • Kelly Pearson
    U.S. Forest Service – Shawnee National Forest
  • Lonnie Pilkington
    National Park Service – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

21CSC National Distinction Awardees 2018

21CSC Champions 2017 (read more)

The 2017 Champions of the Year were recognized at The Corps Network National Conference in February in Washington, DC.

Read about the 21CSC Champion of the Year Finalists for 2017

21CSC National Distinction Awardees 2017

  • Merlene Mazyck
    U.S. Forest Service
  • George McDonald
    National Park Service

21CSC Champions 2016 (read more)

Read about the 21CSC Champion of the Year Finalists for 2016

  • Jeff DeQuattro
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Bob Fuhrmann
    National Park Service – Yellowstone National Park
  • Zac Ribbing
    U.S. Forest Service – Coronado National Forest

21CSC National Distinction Awardee 2016 

  • Leslie Weldon
    U.S. Forest Service

21CSC Champions 2015 (read more)

  • Michelle Mitchell
    U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region
    Regional Program Leader for Volunteer and Service Programs
  • Peter Mueller
    The Nature Conservancy
    Project Director, Southwest Colorado
  • Jennifer Schneider
    National Park Service, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
    Maintenance Worker / Youth Coordinator


The 2016 Champions of the Year along with distinguished guests and speakers at annual meeting of the P-21CSC. BACK ROW (L to R): Mary Ellen Sprenkel, CEO of The Corps Network; Robert Bonnie, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, USDA; Michael Degnan, Associate Director for Land & Water, White House CEQ; David Jayo, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, DOI; Joel Holtrop, Chair of The Corps Network Board of Directors. FRONT ROW (L to R): 2016 Champions Jeff DeQuattro, Zac Ribbing, Bob Fuhrmann