National Wilderness Conference and Exhibition
The conference will be a multi-day event including presentations, panels, exhibits, field trips, and skill-development workshops focusing on recent advances and emerging issues in wilderness stewardship. In addition to the conference itself, other events include:
- Pre-Conference Training - October 14-15 at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park with Social Hour at Elena Gallegos Open Space, Kiwanis Picnic Area.
- Wilderness Celebration Exhibition - Featuring a diverse representation of groups embodying the conference tracks, The Wilderness Awareness Trail, and the winning entries of the 'Wilderness Forever' photography contest. Open to the public on October 18th.
- People's Wilderness Film Gala - Offered both before and after the conference.
- Field Trips - Trips will vary in length, scope, topic, and intensity.
- 'Get Wild' Festival - The culminating event, offering a wide variety of opportunities to celebrate wilderness! Open to the public.
The 50th National Wilderness Goals:
- To provide a forum for discussing the growing challenges of perpetuating the values of Wilderness in a time of unprecedented environmental and social change;
- Deepen participants' engagement in Wilderness stewardship and enable their effective involvement in the difficult decisions that lie ahead.
Conference Tracks and Sessions Presentations:
Conference Tracks and Sessions, Presentations, and Panels will follow six primary tracks. Many sessions will focus on the future stewardship of Wilderness and emerging issues that could not have been foreseen when the Wilderness Act became law. On topics from climate change to shifting demographics and lifestyles, these sessions will stimulate discussion and inform action. Programs will explore opportunities to enhance the relevance of Wilderness to young people and future generations of an increasingly diverse America.
- History: The Evolving Wilderness
- Stewardship: Professionalism and Challenges
- Education: Preparing Tomorrows Stewards
- Experience: The Value of Diverse Perspectives
- Civic Engagement: Preservation is only the Beginning
- Science: Science for Wilderness; Wilderness for Science
When: October 15-19, 2014; audience specific pre-conference trainings will be offered October 13-15; pre-and-post conference field trips will be held Oct 5-15 and Oct 19-20.
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel will be the location of Track Presentations and Sessions. The Celebration Exhibition will be in the adjacent Albuquerque Convention Center. The 'Get Wild' Festival will be in the middle of the two locations on Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, NM.
Cost and Registration: Registration for the National Wilderness Conference today - Monday, May 5. The registration fee is $350.00 and includes participation in all sessions, receptions, exhibitor hall displays, events, as well as a participant packet. A-la-carte, student, seasonal, and day registration options are also available. All registration and housing reservations (including student housing) will be made through the official online registration site. A limited amount of student scholarships are also available.
For more information, or to request sponsorship or exhibitor information, please email Lee Lambert.