About Us

We are the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. From well-known icons to hidden gems, protected wildlands give us:

  • Clean air and water,
  • Abundant wildlife,
  • Havens for recreation, solitude and learning,
  • Important sources of renewable energy,
  • Vital natural resources that must be managed wisely, and
  • A foundation for a healthy planet.

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Protecting America's Wilderness


Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. We have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory.

Mission and impact

The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

Photo: Rickz, flickr

Staff directory

Our staff is composed of recognized leaders in the fields of natural resource science, policy, economics and outreach.  We bring a unique breadth of expertise to public lands issues and work strategically with land managers, decision makers and other concerned citizens.

Regional offices

The Wilderness Society has a presence on Capitol Hill and in communities across the nation. We have regional offices in Alaska, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies and the Southeast U.S.  


In our newsletter, annual report and magazine archive, you can find stories and news from our regional conservation and policy work.

Ansel Adams collection

Renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams was deeply involved with The Wilderness Society. Before his death in 1984, Adams selected 75 of his iconic images as a gift to us.  Our national headquarters building in Washington, D.C., now houses our collection of original, signed Ansel Adams photographs.


Learn about The Ansel Adams Award and The Robert Marshall Award and see past recepients.

Careers and internships

The Wilderness Society offers opportunities to put your skills and talents to work protecting wild places.  See our current job and internship listings in programming, public policy, development and communications. 

Our accountability

As a donor or supporter, you are critical to our mission. We share information about our activities and finances, so you can feel confident about your investment.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Wilderness Society believes public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors.