Building on Doug’s legacy, Kris together with her Tompkins Conservation team and partners are proud of recent recognition for their work:


2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy—Kris, 2017 (USA)

Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorer’s Club—Kris, 2016 (USA)

World Tourism Award from the World Travel Market (sponsored by the New York Times and United Airlines)—Kris, 2016 (USA sponsored, event in England)

BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America – Kris 2016 (Spain)

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (nominee)—Kris, 2017 (USA)

Outdoor Inspiration Award presented by Adidas Outdoor at Outdoor Retailer—Kris, 2017 (USA)

Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal from the Garden Club of America—Kris, 2017 (USA)

Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy—Kris, 2017 (USA)

Sustainability Leader, “Uniting Global Philanthropy Inspiring Action For The Planet,” East-West Sustainability Summit at the IUCN World Conservation Congress—Kris 2016 (USA)






In a world as damaged as the one modern humans are making, ecological restoration is a necessity—both to prevent human-caused extinction of other species and also to support human well-being. For more than two decades, the conservation projects that Kris has lead have included major efforts to heal past damage and help wildlife and natural processes recover. These initiatives include several ambitious projects to reintroduce missing species such as giant anteaters and green-winged macaws to their native habitat. For more information, click here.
Park Creation
Kris and Doug Tompkins have devoted their time, energy, and wealth to making parklands in Argentina and Chile. Why focus on national parks? Because they are the oldest, most durable, and best loved mechanism for permanently protecting exceptional landscapes. They provide indispensable ecological, cultural, and social values, from personal recreation and spiritual renewal to helping develop widespread public support for conservation. They highlight the best attributes a country has to show the world—outstanding beauty, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and noteworthy cultural/archaeological sites. And, as Kris often says, national parks are a democratic institution, open to all regardless of economic or social standing. Rather than keeping privately assembled conservation lands in private ownership, donating them to the national park systems of Chile and Argentina, she says, “establishes these parks for all people, adding to the natural heritage or patrimony of the country.” For more information on Tompkins Conservation’s parklands efforts, click here.
Kris believes deeply that everyone has an obligation to fight for a saner, more just, more beautiful world. As she says, “Whoever you are, wherever your interest lies, whatever you’ve fallen in love with, you get out of bed every morning and you do something. You act, you step into the fray, and you fight for a human society that is in balance with the natural world. We have no choice. Otherwise we might as well kiss our beautiful planet goodbye.” For more on Tompkins Conservation activism, click here.
Ecological Agriculture
Through support of NGOs leading the way toward sustainable agriculture (such as the Land Institute) and their own farm restoration projects, Kris and Doug Tompkins have been deeply involved in ecological agriculture. Through farms and ranches in Chile and Argentina, Kris and Doug pioneered organic farming practices while maintaining extensive areas of wildlife habitat. For more Kris Tompkins’s dedication to ecological agriculture, click here.