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Awards and Honors

  • A ½ hour video segment about our facility, filmed during a photo session with several of our animals for Canon, Inc., aired on ESPN in October of 2000 and was also selected for their “Year’s Best Video” segment at year end.
  • Our current promotional video, “Life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge,” containing footage of our animals and a description of our mission, has won two national video awards: the Aegis Award of Excellence; and the Award of Distinction by the Videographer Award judges.
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was named “Eureka Springs Business of the Year, 2007” by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Refuge received the Bootstrap Award at the Henry Awards Ceremony on March 12, 2008, in Rogers, AR, during the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
  • Staff Zoologist and Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McCormack, was nominated as Hospitality Hostess of the year by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was named “Eureka Springs Business of the Year, 2010” by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • Turpentine Creek President, Tanya Smith, was named “Business Ambassador of the year, 2010” by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • Turpentine Creek Vice President, Scott Smith, was named “Man of the Year, 2010” by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • In June of 2011, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was voted among the Top Ten Destinations in the State of Arkansas by on line voters at the state’s tourist website http://www.arkansas.com/175/

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