National Wilderness Conference
After receiving nearly 400 submissions of presentations and panels as of January 10th (closing of the public application process), a robust and engaging program is emerging. Acceptance letters will be sent out in early March. The final program will be available on or before April 1, the anticipated opening of registration.
What: The National Wilderness Conference will be a historic multi-day event of diverse programs including presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips, and skill-development workshops focusing on recent advances and emerging issues in wilderness stewardship, and culminating in the public Wilderness50 'Get Wild' Festival in adjacent Civic Plaza. The companion Wilderness Celebration Exhibition will showcase organizational booths surrounding the Wilderness Awareness Trail for grade- and middle-school students and will be open to the public for one day in addition to conference attendees. Field trips, audience-specific pre-conference trainings, and K-12 Wilderness Investigations Teacher Workshops will also be offered in conjunction with the conference.
When: conference occurs October 15-19, 2014; audience-specific pre-conference trainings will be offered October 13-15; field trips will also be available before and after the conference for attendees and during the conference for spouses and families
Goals: Goals for the National Wilderness Conference include:
- To provide a forum for discussing the growing challenges of perpetuating the values of Wilderness in a time of unprecedented environmental and social change;
- Deepen participants' engagement in Wilderness stewardship and enable their effective involvement in the difficult decisions that lie ahead.
Details: Download the following brochures:
- 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference Tri-fold Brochure
- 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference Full Brochure
- 50th Anniversary Wilderness Celebration Exhibition Tri-fold Brochure (exhibition is part of the National Wilderness Conference)
Cost and Registration: The registration fee for the National Wilderness Conference will be between $200 and $350 and includes participation in all sessions, receptions, exhibitor hall displays, participant packet, and events including the closing day Wilderness50 'Get Wild' Festival, which is open to the public as well as to conference participants. A-la-carte and day registration options will also be available. Speakers who present as part of the tracks (not posters) will receive an approximate 25% discount on registration. Registration, when open, will be conducted online. When available, scholarship information will also be posted online.