Celebrating The Wilderness Act: Join us for upcoming events in your area


Sept. 3, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the landmark conservation law that is considered one of America's greatest conservation achievements, and which The Wilderness Society helped write and pass into law in 1964. 

We are celebrating this momentous day throughout the year, and invite you to join us at events in your area. If you can't find an event near you, simply join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with news, photos and fun from the 50th year of The Wilderness Act.


Upcoming anniversary events


East Coast

Sept. 15-17 - Washington, D.C.

Wilderness Week

Activities will be held in Washington, D.C. and are open to the public. They will include: an activist gathering to honor our history and discuss the next 50 years of wilderness protection; meetings with congressional leaders; a celebration event and after-hours tour of the Wilderness Forever photography exhibit at the Smithsonian's National History Museum; a lecture by leading American environmental historian William Cronon; and much more.

Click here for more information and registration form.

(Photo courtesy of Nature's Best Photography.)


West Coast


Oct. 16 - California

We Are The Wild: A night celebrating 50 years of Wilderness

Our Gala celebration evening in San Francisco will feature keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, and a live musical performance by special guest Sheryl Crow. 


Western States

Sept. 3 - Nov. 2 - Colorado

Legacy of Wilderness Exhibit

A special exhibit at the Denver Library will highlight of the history, creators and legacy of the Wilderness Act. Speaker series includes acclaimed photographer John Fielder.



Sept. 10 - Colorado

UNTRAMMELED! Wilderness in the Human Age

Wilderness Workshop is hosting some of the most influential actors and thinkers in the wilderness movement during a wild evening that will excite your mind, stir you soul, and inspire your next adventure. Panel discussion includes: Dave Foreman, co-founder of EarthFirst! and current director of the Rewilding Institute; Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society; and Gloria Flora, a former Forest Service Supervisor who famously stopped gas development of 350,000-acres along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. But the evening isn’t all talk and philosophy. Colorado’s most renowned landscape photographer, John Fielder, will tickle the eyes and ears with a slideshow on wilderness within our state and across the country. Celebrated local film maker Pete McBride opens the evening by premiering a short visual poem on wilderness. Event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. $10 advance & $15 at the door.  For tickets click here.

Sept. 10 - Wyoming

The Wyoming Wilderness Act 1984-2014: History, Politics, and Perceptions

Panel discussion held in the College of Agriculture Auditorium at the University of Wyoming at Laramie at 6:30 p.m. Panelists include: Joel Bousman, fourth generation Wyoming cattle rancher and grazing permittee; Bart Koehler, founder of the Wyoming Wilderness Association and wilderness advocate; Margi Schroth, owner/operator of HF Bar guest ranch in Bighorn Mountains; Alan Simpson, U.S. Senator and co-sponsor of the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act; Ralph Swain, Wilderness Program Manager off the U.S. Forest Service Region 2.

Two simulcasts will be held in other cities as well:

  • Main Conference Room, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, 685 S Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-9417
  • Fulmer Public Library, 335 W. Alger St., Sheridan, WY 82801 307-674-8585

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Sept. 8 to barbara_young@tws.org.


Oct. 15-19 - New Mexico

National Wilderness Conference

This conference, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the the first national gathering of the wilderness community in 25 years and focuses on stewardship, the science of wilderness, and management of wilderness. It will include presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips, and skill-development workshops, some of which will be offered by The Wilderness Society. Pre-conference training, field trips, teacher workshops, and the People's Wilderness Film Gala will be offered before and after, as well as the Wilderness Celebration Exhibition and 'Get Wild' Festival which are open to the public. Experts from the Wilderness Society will be among the panelists. 

Learn more about the conference and get registered!




All year - Various states

FIFTY for the 50th 

In partnership with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, we will complete 50 conservation projects in 50 wild places across the country.



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