The 2016 National Wilderness Workshop: A BRNTLY Guest Blog

Here at the University of Montana we are lucky to be surrounded by diverse and accessible Wilderness areas. Through a walk into the Rattlesnake Wilderness, a hike to the top of Trapper Peak in the Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness, or an extended backpacking trip in the Mission Mountains Wilderness, many of us find enjoyment in our public lands.

On November 7-10, the University of Montana will be hosting the 2016 National Wilderness Workshop. This year’s agenda includes everything from communicating wilderness values, discussing wilderness character, building partnerships, new training models, building stewardship through fundraising, and everything in between.

Sponsored by The Society for Wilderness Stewardship, the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana, and the Montana Wilderness Association, the workshops are a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss wilderness topics with agency personnel and NGO staff, as well as students and faculty.

New this year, the week will kick off with the first annual Wilderness Olympics! On Tuesday afternoon, anyone who dares can test their skills against other wilderness enthusiasts. Events range from the “dizzy tent set up” and “mule packin,” to a team crosscut competition.

Students and faculty of the University of Montana can register for free to attend the Wilderness Workshop here: