Priscilla Geigis receives the Fran P. Mainella Award from Mainella, the first woman director of the National Park Service.

Priscilla Geigis receives the Fran P. Mainella Award from Mainella, the first woman director of the National Park Service.
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The Clemson University Institute for Parks gave its Fran P. Mainella Award to Priscilla E. Geigis, director of the Massachusetts Division of State Parks and Recreation, at its annual George B. Hartzog Jr. Environmental Awards Program on Oct. 5 at the Madren Conference Center on the Clemson campus.

The Fran P. Mainella Award recognizes sustained and innovative achievement by a woman in the management of North America’s natural, historic or cultural heritage. The award is named for Mainella, the first woman director of the National Park Service and a visiting scholar at Clemson.

Geigis is director of the Massachusetts Division of State Parks and Recreation, which manages more than 350,000 acres of public land used for recreational opportunities, and also serves as assistant commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In these roles, Geigis has developed DCR’s “Park Passport” and “Learn to Camp” programs, brought Connecticut’s “Great Park Pursuit” to Massachusetts to promote state parks, and started a “Healthy Heart Trail” program and “Park Serve Day.”

Geigis is also a former president of the National Association of State Park Directors and a founding officer of the America’s State Parks Foundation.

Clemson’s Institute for Parks presents the annual George B. Hartzog Jr. lecture series and awards program to showcase leading figures in the field of conservation and their work. The events are named for Hartzog, the seventh director of the National Park Service.