Star trails over Denali • NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Long-time GWS member Robert Manning has launched a year-long series of monthly audio commentaries on the US national parks for Vermont Public Radio. In the first installment, Bob explains why maintaining dark night skies in national parks is so important to the human experience. Each commentary runs about two-and-a-half minutes. Listen here:
"The Best View"
Each of Bob's commentaries will connect to a topic covered in the new book "A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks," sales of which benefit the GWS. More info on the book is further down this column.
New: Post & view job openings on our website!
As a service to the protected areas community, you can now post job openings, and search them, on the GWS website. All employment opportunities related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites are welcome for listing.
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GWS2017 is coming to Virginia!
The 2017 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites will be held in Norfolk, Virginia, April 2-7. We'll be meeting at the Marriott Waterside Hotel for the 19th in this series of conferences with roots dating back to 1976. Click here to be notified when the Call for Proposals comes out in June 2016. (GWS members will be notified automatically.)
We thank everyone who attended the 2015 meeting in Oakland, and if you didn't, we invite you to find out what these biennial meetings are all about by exploring the GWS2015 website. Find out more
You can now view videos from the three plenary sessions on the GWS YouTube channel. As well, you can view or download over 50 PowerPoint presentations shared by presenters.
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 32, no. 3 • December 2015
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: NPS is preadapted to deal with the challenges to come
As it nears its 100th birthday, the National Park Service is being flooded by proposals for radical new directions. Former NPS natural resources chief Michael Soukup thinks the agency needs to resist those calls and hold course. Read the essay
A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks
A popular guide to the entire national park system, focusing on the big ideas that you can explore in the over 400 national parks of the USA — and all sales benefit the GWS!
America's National Park System: The Critical Documents
New edition of classic reference on NPS history
I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak
Tale of WWII survivor
Parks Canada Aboriginal engagement guide
The Land is Our Teacher
Celebration of collaboration between Aboriginal peoples and Parks Canada
Expanding Horizons • Large Landscape Network
Summary of a pathbreaking national workshop
Scaling Up: Collaborative Approaches to Large Landscape Management
Collection of stories highlighting the "Scaling Up" goal of the NPS "Call to Action"
More publications by GWS members
What's your passion?
At the GWS, our passion is protected areas: the special places—natural areas and cultural sites alike—that are being safeguarded for perpetuity by people like you all over the world. We are dedicated to building the knowledge needed to protect, manage, and understand protected areas around the globe. The GWS is the one organization whose sole focus is on the scientific and heritage values of parks and other kinds of protected areas, from the largest wilderness area to the smallest historic site. Are these your core values too? Then help us make them a reality!