Wilderness touches the heart, mind and soul of each individual in a way known only to himself.  Michael Frome, Author


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance exists to bring together the wilderness stewardship community into a growing network of volunteer-based non-profit organizations that provide stewardship for America's enduring resource of wilderness. Read More


What's Happening -

NWSA Wilderness Coffee Hour

Bringing you people and topics of interest to the wilderness stewardship community.


The National Wilderness Skills Institute.  Come learn about the current plans for NWSI this May and how your group can participate.  Registration ends April 30th.  

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Go to Society of Wilderness Stewardship website to Register and learn more about NWSI.

NWSA Funding Programs 

Projects have been Selected.

Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.  

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2021 NWSA Webinar Series 

Tuesday, June 8th , 1:00 pm MT
Short Term Fundraising Events
June Webinar - Short Term Fundraising for Wilderness Stewards
This webinar will focus on three ways to raise money with short term events. Peggie dePasquale from the Wyoming Wilderness Association will describe their Film Festivals, David Kallenbach, previously of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation will talk about license plate funding and developing place based books, and Kelsey Maxwell from the Friends of Scotchman Peak will describe their recent on-line auction process.

Peggie grew up in the mountains of rural western Maine and has now lived in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for the better part of a decade. Peggie obtained her M.S in Natural Science Education and Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming in 2018. Immediately following her degree she joined the Wyoming Wilderness Association team and has been enthralled with her work to protect Wyoming public wildlands even since. 

Kelsey Maxwell is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. In this role, Kelsey works to build a community of Idahoans and Montanans around a love for our wild backyard through outdoor education, stewardship projects, hikes, and fundraising events. She will discuss her efforts to raise money via online fundraising campaigns.
David Kallenbach is the past Executive Director of the Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness Foundation where he was instrumental in developing a coffee table book about the Absaroka's area.  This book project, as well as license plate fundraising will be on David's portion of this panel.


Fall 2020  -  Click Here to Download the Fall Newsletter


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Fund is dedicated to the support and help of new wilderness stewardship groups.

To read more about this new Fund to support wilderness stewardship CLICK HERE

National Wilderness Workshop

The National Wilderness Workshop for 2021 is in the planning stage.

The next National Wilderness Workshop is planned for Roanoke Virginia November 15-18.  Our theme is "Advocating for Wilderness Stewardship:  The tools, techniques and best practices for stewardship advocacy for the wilderness steward."  An optional Advocacy Trip to Washington DC will be offered November 18-20.  Please save the dates. 

Registration Material coming in June.

Request for Proposals

National Wilderness Stewardship Awards

The NWSA/SWS National Wilderness Stewardship Awards Program will be soliciting nominations for 2020 beginning June 1st.  Please consider nominating worthy individuals and groups for the recognition they deserve.

We are pleased to honor our first slate of awardees for 2019 on our Awards Page.


COVID-19 is affecting Wilderness Stewardship across the nation.

What is your organization doing to address this crisis?

What practices are you adopting to help reduction possibilities of infection?

How is social distancing working in your area?

The Covid-19 crisis is affecting us all and wilderness is no different.  Wherever people gather the risks of infection spread increase.  Many groups are adopting changes to their operations and curtailing volunteer activities in the short term.  What do the long term prospects look like for Wilderness?

NWSA has collected a variety of information resources from around the country that give you a starting point for addressing your own organizational response.  We are also working with a team of organizations around the country to develop best mgt practices and communications you can use in the coming days.  Stay tuned.

Click Here for COVID - 19 Information Resources.

NWSA is now 10 Years Old!

To celebrate we are hosting a Wilderness Stewardship Photo Contest.  See the Winners.

Winning Photos HERE


It's Time to JOIN or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs for 2021.

2020 Memberships end December 31, 2020.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2020 and extend into 2021.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2020 Fiscal Year.  We are changing our membership year to match the Calendar Year which better aligns with the National Wilderness Workshop and other membership programs.   Participate in webinars, apply for funding programs, get discounts at workshops and conferences.  Be kept advised of news and events affecting the wilderness stewardship community.  Join the community today!

In 2021, only Member Organizations will be able to apply for WSP Funding programs.


Have you read our latest Newsletter?  Click to Download the Newsletter

  • From the blog

    Member Profile

    Your Profile HERE.

    We are trying a new addition to our home page with periodic member profiles.  This month:  Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

    Poudre Wilderness Volunteers help protect four designated wilderness areas — Rawah, Comanche Peak, Neota, and Cache la Poudre — and many multi-use wild areas along the northern end of the Colorado Front Range.  We patrol primarily on the watersheds of the Cache la Poudre (Wild and Scenic) River and the Big Thompson River, extending a protected region from the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park nearly to the Wyoming border.


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    Heart of the Gila

    NWSA plans to use this space to profile many of the wilderness stewardship groups around the country.  This month we start with Heart of the Gila.

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