Dear Members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks,

It is with great pleasure that National Parks Conservation Association will honor three distinguished park protectors at our annual Salute to the Parks gala in Washington, DC on April 6th, including former Director of the National Park Service Robert G. Stanton. We welcome you to join us in celebrating these advocates either in person or virtually this spring.

Bob is being honored for his impressive 35-year career with the NPS, where he held numerous key roles including park superintendent, regional director, associate director, and director of the National Park Service to name a few. We also want to honor him for his work to diversify the park service and create inclusion for everyone, a legacy that continues to live on.

NPCA is proud to honor Bob and his incredible legacy, alongside Audrey Peterman and Jack Gladstone. Audrey, former NPCA Board of Trustees member and avid conservationist, created the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau to help provide access for organizations seeking environmental experts of color and has written three books on national parks. Jack is an enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation and for decades has been working to help share their rich culture and history with others through the Glacier National Park lecture series, “Native America Speaks,” which he cofounded. These three honorees are distinguished and phenomenal examples of people who work tirelessly to defend our national parks while helping to shape their future and create an inclusive park experience.

We’re so excited to hear from Bob, Audrey and Jack during their panel conversation as part of the Salute to the Parks program. Each are amazing storytellers and park protectors and having them together will create an incredible conversation about our national parks.

We welcome you to join us in honoring Bob Stanton, Audrey Peterman and Jack Gladstone at NPCA’s Salute to the Parks gala on April 6th in person at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC or virtually through our online program. Tickets for both in-person and virtual attendance can be purchased at and all proceeds go to the continued mission of protecting America’s parks for future generations.

Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for our national parks.

With gratitude,



Theresa Pierno President & CEO

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