'Get Wild' Festival

Held outdoors in Civic Plaza on October 18, 2014 from 2pm-10pm in conjunction with the National Wilderness Conference, the Wilderness50 'Get Wild' Festival will attract 1,500-2,000 New Mexico residents from Albuquerque and surrounding communities in addition to the 1000-1500 conference attendees. The festival is free to all, and a bike valet will encourage alternatives to driving. Arranged in a family-friendly, fair-like setting, the festival will include live educational performances and interactive activities that promote responsible outdoor recreation and wilderness stewardship. The agenda is listed below:

Main Stage 2:00-2:10pm Contemporary Dineh (Navajo Nation) flute player, Andrew Thomas
Exhibit Area 2:00pm-7:00pmForest Service crosscut saw and pack animal Demonstrations
Exhibit Area 2:00pm-8:00pmWilderness Passport Scavenger Hunt
Main Stage 2:10-2:15pm Forever Wild by Susan Grace
Main Stage 2:15-2:30pm Trio Los Amigos: Authentic Mexican guitar
Main Stage 2:30-2:40pm Wilderness Awards (the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes excellent agency wilderness stewards)
Main Stage 2:40-3:05pm Jicarilla Apache Butterfly Dancers
Main Stage 3:05-3:15pm Keynote Speaker Introductions: Arthur "Butch" Blazer, Department of Agriculture Under Secretary
Main Stage 3:15-3:45pm Keynote Speaker: Rue Mapp, Founder of Outdoor Afro
Main Stage 3:45-4:15pm Keynote Speaker: Juan Martinez, National Geographic Explorer and Director of the Natural Leaders Network
Main Stage 4:15-4:40pm Toya Pueblo Dancers
Main Stage 4:40-5:00pm AKU-MATU, Inupiaq Rap Artist
Main Stage 5:00-5:15pm Breakdancing by UHF, Zia Queens and Versatile Styles Studio
Exhibit Area 5:00-6:00pm Wilderness Ranger Cookbook Backcountry cook-off
Main Stage 5:15-6:15pm Animal Opera: African dance music
Storyteller Fire Circle 6:15-6:45pm Share a Campfire Story, hosted by Bob Kanegis, Tales & Trails Storytelling
Native American Fire Circle 6:15-6:45pm Song, Dance and Stories hosted by Steve Toya and Clyde Vicenti
Musicians Fire Circle 6:15-6:45pm Wilderness Song Share hosted by Susan Grace
Main Stage 6:45-7:45pm Le Chat Lunatique: Mangy jazz band
Storyteller Fire Circle 7:45-8:15pm Share a Campfire Story, hosted by Bob Kanegis, Tales & Trails Storytelling
Native American Fire Circle 7:45-8:15pm Song, Dance and Stories hosted by Steve Toya and Clyde Vicenti
Musicians Fire Circle 7:45-8:15pm Wilderness Song Share hosted by Bart Koehler
Main Stage 8:30-9:30pm Let it Grow: Grateful Dead tribute band

Demonstrations and activities at the festival include:

  • The Wilderness Awareness Trail, a station-based immersion learning experience for children led by Youth Leader Scholarship Program recipients
  • Leave No Trace, horse-packing and survival skills demonstrations
  • Traditional archery hunting, backcountry cooking (including a cook-off using recipes from the new Wilderness Ranger Cookbook) and climbing wall
  • Girl and Boy Scout encampments
  • Wilderness Jr. Ranger booth
  • Wildlife ambassadors
  • Crosscut saw demonstration showcasing the proper use and history of traditional tools used in wilderness trail maintenance
  • Aldo Leopold impersonator, giving the history of wilderness
  • Participatory earth art with Daniel Richmond depicting endangered species and wilderness art by local students
  • Wilderness Passport Scavenger hunt, free marshmallows and prizes
  • Beer garden with 50th anniversary beer from Marble Brewery and food trucks
Exhibitors include:
  • Albuquerque Biopark
  • Animal Protection of New Mexico
  • Back Country Horsemen of America
  • Barbara J. Moritsch
  • Boyscouts of America, Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • City ABQ Climbing wall
  • Conserve America
  • Daniel Richmond-Endangered Species Sand Art
  • Eagle River Designs, Inc.
  • Facepainting by Janet Dominguez
  • NM Fish and Game Fishing Ponds
  • Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region National Wildlife Refuges
  • Flow 397
  • Forest Service
  • Free to Breathe
  • Ft. Union National Monument Encampment
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
  • Glorieta Camps
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness - Rio Grande Valley Broadband
  • Hawks Aloft
  • If You Care
  • Jill Palmer-Free Tibet
  • Kleen Kanteen
  • Leave No Trace
  • National Cave and Karst Research Institute
  • National Outdoor Leadership Schoo)
  • National Park Service
  • New Mexico Herpetological Society
  • New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • New Mexico Wildlife Federation
  • Noel Chilton-UNM Art and Ecology Program
  • Public Lands Foundation
  • Recreation One Stop
  • Shadows of the Oldwest Encampment
  • Sierra Club, New Mexico
  • Society for Wilderness Stewardship, Wilderness Ranger Cookbook Cook Off
  • Southwest Environmental Center
  • Spot, LLC
  • The Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • The North Face
  • The Wild Flame Project
  • Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
  • World Water Monitoring Day (Earth Force)
  • WorthWild
  • Food trucks by: Irrational Pie Woodfire Pizza, Flamingo Steve's Italian Ice, Castaneda's Kitchen and more