(POSTED November 25, 2014) — The GWS2015 Conference program is now in place! You can download a schedule of the Concurrent Sessions and a list of Poster & Exhibits from this page. Registration opens on December 1st.
The George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites is coming to the Bay Area! Plan now to join us in Oakland, California, the week of March 29–April 3, 2015, for "Engagement, Education, and Expectations: The Future of Parks and Protected Areas." Our biennial conference is all about reflection, reconnection, and renewal — a week of stimulating discussion about leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. GWS2015 is your place to engage with colleagues who share your commitment to excellence ... to educate yourself about the latest trends and ideas ... to raise expectations for yourself and your career! The conference will kick off with a plenary panel discussion on the health/parks connection. Find out more
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 31, no. 2 • August 2014
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: The experts, the public, and the gap in between
Using last year's US federal government shutdown as a case in point, Diane Barthel-Bouchier describes a growing segment of the public that is no longer willing to accept NPS expertise at face value, raising a host of challenging issues that boil down to two simple questions: Who's in charge here? and, Who should be? Read the essay
Now available! The GWS2013 Conference Proceedings
View/download at no charge
Check out these recent publications by GWS members:
Keeping it Wild in the National Park Service • USNPS Wilderness Program
User guide to including wilderness character in management
Wilderness Stewardship Plan Handbook • USNPS Wilderness Program
How-to guide to creating wilderness stewardship plans
Philanthropy and the National Park Service • Jacqueline Vaughn
Historical view of NPS funding partnerships
Action on the Ground III • Parks Canada
Latest on Parks Canada's ecological integrity program
To Conserve Unimpaired • Robert B. Keiter
Analysis of the evolution of the national park idea
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!