Front-line rangers (game wardens, guardaparques, etc.) from around the world will be gathering May 21-27 in Colorado for the International Ranger Federation's 8th World Ranger Congress. GWS is helping organize logistics and we will be on-scene all week. We'll post daily updates from the Congress here ... watch this space!
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 33, no. 1 • April 2016
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: "We shouldn’t pay for access to our right to understand"
Duncan Morrow is passionate about making America's national parks available to all, regardless of their ability to pay. It's time for Congress to fully fund them, he says, because to continue to treat them shabbily is "unjust for the best of America." Read the essay
GWS's NPS Centennial Essay Series: An Appraisal
As the National Park Service celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year, we in the GWS are preparing to wrap up our 10-year-long NPS Centennial Essay Series. Here, we share some thoughts on the essay series from Nona Dennis, editor of the newsletter of the Marin Conservation League in California. Her reflections are part of a larger article on the NPS centennial, posted here with permission.
NPS Centennial Commentaries: The National Park Idea
Golden Gate NRA • Rolf Diamant
Long-time GWS member Robert Manning is doing a year-long series of monthly audio commentaries on the US national parks for Vermont Public Radio. In the second installment, Bob explores how the national park system has changed since its beginnings. Each commentary runs about two-and-a-half minutes. Listen here:
"The National Park Idea"
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.
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.
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
Rosy Ralph Visits His National Parks
Children's book inspires a sense of wonder about parks
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
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!