The Olmsted Network gladly champions Olmsted landscapes and principles with our partners. We work alongside a wide range of conservancies, friends groups, scholars, professionals and volunteers to promote and protect the parks, places and principles of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted firm. To honor those who have contributed their time and talents to our shared cause, we present a series of awards each year. 

From February 1 through May 15, the Olmsted Network invites you to nominate individuals, organizations, projects and programs that help advance and raise the visibility of the Olmsted legacy. We are soliciting nominations for the Caroline Loughlin Volunteer Service Award and the Olmsted Stewardship Award.  

The Caroline Loughlin Volunteer Service Award recognizes extraordinary dedication and commitment to protecting and preserving Olmsted parks and places. Named after Caroline Loughlin, a valued supporter of the Olmsted Network, the award is given to an individual or an organization that “volunteers to promote and protect the Olmsted legacy.” In 2023, Constance Guardi received this award for her extraordinary efforts in Riverside, IL. Other recipients include Caroline Loughlin, Charles Beveridge, Lauren Meier and Lucy Lawliss. 

The Olmsted Stewardship Award recognized “outstanding stewardship of the living legacy of landscapes” designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons and successor firm. Awardees demonstrate a record of accomplishment and help raise the visibility of the Olmsted legacy. In 2023, Arleyn Levee was awarded the Olmsted Stewardship Award for her ground-breaking research of John Charles Olmsted and 40-year dedication to the Olmsted Network. Past recipients include David Schuyler and Olmsted Parks Conservancy. 

Winners will be announced this summer. On Sunday, September 15 winners will be honored with a dinner at the Vassar College Alumnae House. This dinner will be held in conjunction with our 2024 annual conference

To nominate an Olmsted champion, please return the nomination form, along with the requested supporting documents and two high-resolution photos, to by May 15.