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Minnesota Chapter Awards

The Minnesota Award has been given to Minnesota’s top conservationist annually since 1958. It is the Chapter’s highest award and is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s wildlife and natural resources.

The Conservation Award, first presented in 1985, goes to an organization or institution that has shown an outstanding commitment to Minnesota’s natural resources.

The Law Enforcement Award, first presented in 1992, is presented to an individual who has demonstrated dedication and service to the protection of Minnesota’s natural resources.

The Student Conservationist Award, given since 1992, is presented an undergraduate or graduate student in a wildlife-related field at a Minnesota college or university who has shown high scholastic achievement, and who shows promise as a future wildlife professional.

North Star Award for Special Achievement in Wildlife Conservation is a new award in 2021. The award is intended to recognize a singular and exceptional achievement or accomplishment in the last 5 years that advanced wildlife conservation in Minnesota or elsewhere. Nominees must have been MNTWS members in good standing at the time of the achievement.

Excellence in Mentorship Award is a new award in 2022. The award is to acknowledge contributions to our field through mentorship and guidance.

2021 Annual Awards Virtual Celebration
Steve on the Street Video for 2021 Awards Celebration
2020 Annual Awards Virtual Celebration
2020 Award Recipients
2019 Award Recipients
2018 Award Recipients
2017 Award Recipients
2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipients
2014 Award Recipients
History of MN TWS Award Recipients

To Nominate Someone for a Minnesota TWS Chapter Award
We are requesting nominations for all of our Chapter Awards. You can submit a nomination using this fillable PDF form. NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00p on Monday, JANUARY 23, 2023.

Contact the Awards Committee Chair if you have questions about individual awards, the nomination process, or if you would like a .pdf of the nomination form sent to you via email:
Chair: Steve Windels
Email: mntws2014@gmail.com
Cell: 218-324-3400

Other Noteworthy Awards
Please inform Awards Committee Chair Steve Windels (mntws2014@gmail.com) of any members who have received other awards so we can share the news with the membership. Congratulations to each and every one of these very special and committed individuals!