National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards Celebration
Each year, the National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards recognize individuals and organizations that lead the charge for the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources in Missouri and beyond. Recipients of these awards represent leaders in business, philanthropy and conservation.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were explorers, scientists, entrepreneurs, geographers, diplomats and frontrunners of conservation in the United States. They overcame significant obstacles and challenges leading the Corps of Discovery through unforeseen circumstances and difficulties to change America forever. Like these famed explorers, our honorees’ incredible commitment and work have charted a course that others have and will continue to follow.
We are recognizing conservation champions who have impacted conservation across the state, as well as across this country. Having an event of this caliber celebrating these efforts showcases our state’s commitment to protect our beautiful natural environment for generations to come.
Notable recipients from the past include:
- Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops
- Pat Jones (Edward Jones)
- Professional fishing legends Bill Dance, Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston
- Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe
- Larry and Brenda Potterfield, MidwayUSA owners
- Tim “Mountain Man” Guraedy from the television series Duck Dynasty
- Ducks Unlimited
- Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Thursday, October 3, 2019
- Bass Pro Shops | Columbia, Mo.
- 5 p.m. | Refreshments and cuisine from the Lewis & Clark Expedition | Lewis & Clark Expedition reenactors and activities from the early 1800s
- 6:30 p.m. | Awards presentation
Held in conjunction with the Missouri Conservation Partners Roundtable, an event that brings together partners who have an interest in conserving our state’s fish, forest and wildlife resources, including connecting people to those important resources. The roundtable, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia.