Join us in Colorado to celebrate The Wilderness Act at 50


Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50

A gathering hosted by the Getches-Wilkinson Center & The Wilderness Society
Conference dates: Sept. 4-5
Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Free and open to the public

Join the celebration!

September 3, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. To honor this momentous occasion, The Wilderness Society and the Getches-Wilkinson Center invite you to celebrate the act and the wild lands this landmark law protects. Join us at Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50, a wilderness conference and celebration at the University of Colorado on Sept. 4-5. We promise you no ordinary conference, but rather a heartfelt love song to wilderness with an exciting line-up of speakers who have made wilderness a major part of their lives!

Conference speakers include:

  • Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams
  • renowned Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder (One of Fielder's photos of Longs Peak is featured to the right on this page)
  • the Honorable Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice, among many others. 

The conference is free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in wilderness is welcome to attend.

Please register here


No ordinary conference

This will not be an ordinary conference, full of dry presentations or heated policy debates. Instead, this will be a full-throated love song to wild country.

We will bring together the most insightful and compelling Wilderness luminaries:

  • writers and storytellers
  • advocates
  • historians and educators
  • photographers, poets and musicians

Attendees will be those Americans who make wilderness an important part of their lives and who simply take comfort in its existence.

By telling the story of Wilderness over the course of the last 50 years, we will spark a renewed determination to continue to preserve and enhance some of our most precious and sacred American assets.

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Conference Agenda Highlights

Thursday, Sept. 4

“A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness”

Presenter: John Fielder, renowned landscape photographer and nature writer. To be followed by reception honoring speakers and sponsors.


Friday, Sept. 5

Hosts and presenters throughout the day 

Charles Wilkinson, distinguished professor of law at CU Law School

Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society

Rick Bass, author and environmental activist

William deBuys, author and advocate

William Kittredge, author and editor

The Honorable Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice

and more!

Wilderness Heroes
Stories, yarns, yearnings, and wisdom from some of the best voices for wilderness

Photo above by John Fielder

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photo credits - top: Flickr, mario_ruckh.  bottom: Flickr, Mouser Williams.