Ingrid Nixon is the 2010 winner of the Freeman Tilden award for the Alaska Region of the National Park Service. When she’s not working as a Zegrahm naturalist or field leader, Ingrid is the Chief of Interpretation for Denali National Park, in charge of the Park’s staff of naturalists. The Freeman Tilden is an annual award recognizing outstanding contributions to the public through interpretation of nature by a National Park Service employee.
To earn this award, Ingrid worked with key park partners to create a traveling exhibition from Denali's Artist-in-Residence art collection for display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The exhibition, known as “Ascension”, explored the idea that both artists and scientists learn from the landscape, and through their work can inspire others to be better stewards of the land. The show also featured interpretive panels and a companion curriculum for middle and high school students. She also made it possible for all students of the Denali Borough School District to visit the museum. This is the second time Ingrid has won this prestigious award.