Reuel Harmon Award

two carved wrens

The Reuel Harmon Award is an annual recognition of exemplary service and outstanding achievements on behalf of Minnesota’s parks and trails.

Reuel Harmon Award Recipients

Grant Merritt

Delightfully dogged environmental defender

Rep. Alice Hausman

Representing a bright future for parks and trails

Dave Lais

Lifelong park manager to the core

Peggy Prowe

Tenacious Trail Advocate

David Minge

Your Honorable Park and Trail Lover

Mary Lee Dayton

Legacy Builder

Joan & Mark Strobel

Scientists saving parks

Peter Seed

Lawyer on the Side of Trails

Terry McGaughey

Mr. Paul Bunyan Trail

Eleanor Winston

Outstanding Outdoorswoman

Sen. David Durenberger

Pursuer of Pro-Parks Policies

Henry N. Someson

Founder with Foresight

Michael Prichard

Tireless Advocate

Robert Dunn

Representative for the Environment

Don Davison & Bill Morrissey

Former Parks Directors Professionalize the System

Rollis Bishop

Passionate Promoter of Itasca

Alden Lind

Relentless Environmentalist

Howard E. Olson

Visionary Leader

Nadine Blacklock

Dedicated Nature Photographer

Rep. Willard Munger

Legislator for Parks and Trails

Gov. Elmer L. Anderson

Governing with an Environmental Vision

Martin N. Kellogg

Environmental Leader

Samuel H. Morgan

Co-founder of P&TC

Reuel Harmon
Reuel Harmon (2nd from left) with other founders of P&TC

About Reuel Harmon

Reuel Harmon was a founding member of the Minnesota Council of State Parks in 1954, and through its next 30 years of growth and transformation into the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota he was a powerful advocate for Minnesota’s parks and trails. During his remarkable tenure, Harmon contributed in a myriad of ways.

He provided bold, strategic leadership; he was a dedicated, skilled and respected authority; and he inspired others to follow his lead. Through his unwavering commitment of time, resources and management, Harmon made significant contributions to preserving Minnesota’s natural heritage.

The Award

Each year we commission a unique, hand-crafted award featuring a wood-carved bird that honors our extraordinary recipient.

We’ve been honored to work with master carver, Kerry Mayer, except in 2012 and 2015 when equally talented John Strutt created the bird carvings.

Bluejay carving
2015 award to Peggy Prowe
two carved wrens
2016 award to Dave Lais