The Annual Golden Turtle Award was created to recognize a person, group, or organization that has contributed significantly to the development, preservation, enhancement, and appreciation of the Fox River Corridor of St. Charles.

We hope the award will help raise consciousness of residents that the Fox River serves as one of our community’s greatest resources. We hope to also encourage and recognize those who are committed to maintaining its ecological health as well as those who enhance its usage as a gift of nature.

Rev. Al Patten had the idea and formed the first River Corridor Foundation’s Award Committee. Each year a new award committee will be formed. Winners of the award receive a plaque, a second version of this plaque is on display in the St. Charles Municipal Building and contains the names of the yearly recipients.