Insider Tips

Whether you’re a wilderness pro or just embarking on your first adventure, you probably care about wild places.

Learn some insider tips on how to enjoy and protect wilderness.

Planning ahead

Before you venture into wilderness, prepare yourself with some knowledge. Our planning ahead tips will help you learn all you need to know – from finding the right gear to understanding outdoor ethics.

Things to do

Whether you want to find the best place for your favorite outdoor recreation, or explore new activities, check out our Things to Do tips. They will help you enjoy wilderness to the fullest - while protecting the wild places you love.

Wilderness lingo

Become a true insider by learning what terms like “mandal,” “slackpack” and “peak bagging” mean.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.