Robin Connors – Olmsted Award Winner

Congratulations to Robin Connors, Anza-Borrego State Park Archaeologist received the Olmstead Award for Leadership and Vision in Sacramento on January 18th.   

“The Olmsted Award for Leadership and Vision is named for Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. (1822-1903) and is awarded to a California State Parks’ professional who has demonstrated an understanding of the physical and psychological importance of the park experience to urban dwellers. The Olmsted is the highest award in the Director’s Recognition Awards Program. (

Frederick Olmsted, a co-designer of New York’s Central Park, is often considered the father of the American Parks movement.

Terry Gerson, District Services Manager, recognizes Robin for “building the district’s cultural resources management program.  As the lone archaeologist, Robin tenaciously motivated, inspired, and trained a large and robust team of volunteer citizen scientists to help her carry out the mission.

I am delighted that Robin’s ability to create a shared vision and lead people in the field of Archaeology is being recognized statewide through the Director’s Award Program.”

Well done, Robin, and Thank You!