Nominations open for the James V. Murfin Award

Background and History

The James V. Murfin Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and cooperating associations. The award is named for the talented, dedicated Service-wide Cooperating  Association Coordinator who worked diligently for more than a decade to encourage excellence and innovation in the partnership between cooperating associations and NPS.

Photo of James V. Murfin

Murfin’s efforts in the areas of publishing, training, and marketing enabled associations to provide educational and interpretive materials to the public of a quality and diversity that went well beyond what the Service had imagined when the first association was founded at Yosemite National Park in 1923. Murfin’s vision and commitment continue to influence those who work with the National Park Service and cooperating associations, providing inspiration, and ensuring success for a partnership that continues to flourish. This is a lifetime achievement award in that individuals who receive the Murfin Award will not be eligible to receive it again.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Murfin


Individuals who have made a significant contribution cooperating association programs over a sustained period of time with lasting results are eligible to be nominated including cooperating association staff, members of association boards of directors, NPS leaders and staff, writers, developers, designers, illustrators, and others who may have had a long-term positive and noteworthy impact on the cooperating association program.

Nominees must have demonstrated a clear personal commitment to improving programs, such as media development, training, or interpretive products, and successful working partnerships between the associations and the NPS. The nominee’s contribution should be substantial enough to have influenced the history and/or shaped the future of associations.

Nomination Process

The nomination period is open from April 18 – May 23, 2022.
To submit a nomination, please fill out this nomination form.

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