Wayne Collins credits his love of the outdoors to his boyhood experiences in scouting. As a Boy Scout, he participated in camping and canoe trips that laid the foundation of his conservation ethic.
George Bristol has spent most of his adult life devoted to parks. In 1961, he was a student at the University of Texas and took a summer job on a trail crew at Glacier National Park.
Dean Parsons grew up in Palo Pinto County, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. As a boy he explored the hills and canyons of Wiles Canyon, part of the Palo Pinto Mountain Breaks.