Exhibit and TV Special to Showcase Wonders of Wilderness Lands, Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Landmark Legislation

"Wilderness Forever" Photography Exhibit

September 2014 will mark 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act-one of America's most successful and enduring pieces of conservation legislation. To celebrate this milestone, Wilderness50, Nature's Best Photography, and the Smithsonian Institution will showcase an exhibit of juried photography highlighting the beauty, diversity, and longevity of America's wilderness. The exhibit, titled "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places" will open on September 3, 2014 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Winning photographs, announced at the beginning of March, were selected from over 5000 public entries submitted nationwide. The images will be displayed as large - format prints in the nation's most - visited museum, which welcomes more than 8 million visitors each year.

Wilderness Episode of Aerial America

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Smithsonian Channel will broadcast a 60 minute wilderness episode of Aerial America. Check your local listings for broadcast times.

Sign up to host a house party in your community sometime in September or October.

You will be provided with an advance DVD copy of the Smithsonian TV episode for showing on your TV at home.


WHO: Friends, family, colleagues, Smithsonian Channel and you!
WHAT: Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Celebration House Party
WHEN: Anytime in September or October
WHERE: Your house!

We recommend you allow for about two hours for your house party. This will allow time for socializing. See the sample house party agenda below.

  • 10-15 mins -- Welcome, mingle and short introduction
  • 60 mins -- Watch the Smithsonian Channel special Wilderness Aerial America episode.
  • 10-20 mins -- Discussion about the show.
  • 5 mins -- Thank you, wrap-up, social and mingling time.