2023 Silver Buckle Award Nominations

The Silver Buckle Award is a time-honored tradition at Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions, historically presented to trekkers who distinguished themselves in some way over the course of the summer. The original Silver Buckle continues to be awarded to trekkers whenever summer program staff feel it is warranted.

In 2023 Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions created an additional version of this award, designed to recognize excellence in volunteers, staff and/or donors who have demonstrated an impactful pattern of service to the Gulch. The award honors years of contribution and sustained support of the Gulch, and is initiated through the following nomination process.


The Silver Buckle will be awarded to members of the Cottonwood Gulch community who have vividly demonstrated an exceptional impact on the programs, operations, management, continuity and/or history of the organization. This could be through philanthropy, volunteer service, inclusiveness, collaboration, innovation, or leadership.


Any past or present staff member, donor, or volunteer (including members of the board of directors) of Cottonwood Gulch shall be eligible to receive the award. Institutions and organizations who have served as valued partners may also be nominated. To be eligible, a nomination must be made for a potential recipient.

Nomination procedure:

To nominate someone to receive this award, please follow this link to complete the Silver Buckle Nomination Form and your nomination will be reviewed.


May 19:   Nomination process opens

June 14:   Nominations are due

June 21:   Cottonwood Gulch Development Committee reviews nominations

July 22:   Cottonwood Gulch Development Committee recommends up  to four recipients for the Award to the Board of Directors for discussion and vote.

October:   Awards will be presented in person at the Board of Directors Annual Meeting.

October/November:   Awardees will be featured in fall publications and social media.



Contact Carrie Dalrymple:;

(505) 248-0563

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