Two boys go for Easter eggs during an egg hunt at El Monte County Park in Lakeside. File photo by Chris Stone

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation department is looking to honor volunteer heroes.

The DPR is now accepting nominations through May 31 for the third annual Parks and Recreation Champion Awards. The program recognizes volunteers for their work in environmental education and ambassadorship at parks and public centers across San Diego County.

Volunteers whose efforts have made a significant impact in community service, environmental stewardship and active living provide tremendous value, according to Brian Albright, director of DPR.

“Volunteers improve the quality of life in San Diego,” he said. “We appreciate the value they bring to operational excellence, and the support they provide for their local communities. We are proud to host an event that champions these everyday heroes who embody the county’s overarching Live Well ideology.”

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select the 2018 champion(s).

“Judges will be looking for nominations that exemplify a nominee’s proven track record of outstanding service and commitment to programs that promote well-being, sustainability and conservation, among other criteria. To qualify, nominees must live and work in San Diego County; however, they do not need to be official partners of the county, and their efforts cannot be a part of their job,” a statement on behalf of the county read.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit


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