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 -

National Wilderness Workshop - Converting to a Virtual Workshop!

***  Breaking News  ***

Due to a number of factors outside of our control from the Covid Pandemic the NWSA Board has reached the conclusion that a person-to-person Workshop cannot be successfully held at this time.  Therefore we will begin conversion of the Workshop to a Virtual format for 2021.  

We still expect to provide the latest cutting edge wilderness stewardship stories, wilderness research themes, wilderness management applications, and diverse viewpoints and strategies for your stewardship organization to pursue.  It will just be done virtually.

Full details will be worked out in the coming months.  Moving to a virtual format will allow additional time to host multiple sessions and to expand concurrent offerings to a wider audience.  Our Steering Committee will be hard at work in August and September to make these adjustments.  For now, plan to save the week of November 15-19th for a variety of National Wilderness Workshop sessions and events.

Registration for the National Wilderness Workshop will continue, but will only offer Virtual Only sign-ups. 

Our theme:  "Advocating for Wilderness Stewardship:  The Tips, Tools, and Practical Techniques for the Wilderness Steward," will continue, but we will postpone the Stewardship Advocacy Trip to Washington DC.  Our intent will be to include additional sessions during the week of Nov 15-19th to discuss stewardship issues with Congressional Committee Staff, Agency Leadership, and a few select Congressional Offices.  Please save the dates and come join us for outstanding learning sessions, networking, and training.  

Our Stewardship Advocacy Webinar series (see below) will continue as planned and will lead up to the Workshop with Stewardship Advocacy topics and preparation for conversations with Congressional and Agency staff and leaders.

Early Registration Discounts extended through October 15th.  Don't delay, register now.

Click Here for Registration Information


2021 NWSA Webinar Series 


Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Series

Introduction to Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy
NWSA is kicking off a 5 month webinar series that will assist wilderness stewardship groups in their wilderness stewardship advocacy efforts locally and nationally.  Starting with an Introduction to Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy, experts from the world of stewardship advocacy will share their experience, tips, and practical techniques for you to apply.  Each month from now till November new information and skill building exercises will be brought to the wilderness community in this webinar series.
Register for one, some, or all of the webinars.  Each Webinar requires a separate registration.  Our hope is that wilderness stewards attending the National Wilderness Workshop, and the Washington DC Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Trip will participate in all these sessions.
Register Below:
Introduction to Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy
Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy 101
Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy 201
The ASK - Developing Your Requests Workshop - October 18, 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Final Preparations for Washington DC Advocacy Trip - November 1, 1:00 pm Eastern Time
For complete information about the Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Webinar Series  CLICK HERE
For information about the Washington DC Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Trip, and the National Wilderness Workshop CLICK HERE

NWSA Wilderness Coffee Hour - new Coffee Hours will return in 2022.  See our Special Webinar Series Above.

June 18th - 1:00 pm Mountain Time

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

Poudre Wilderness Volunteer Crowd Funding Initiative

This session will offer insights into the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers recent CrowdFunding effort to raise funding for trail restoration. A panel of participants will describe the process and results from the initiative.

Jeff Randa - Jeff has 40 years of business-to-business marketing experience working in the engineered polymers and carbon fiber raw materials industry. He has worked closely with high performance outdoor gear manufacturers, helping them to introduce new products for outdoor enthusiasts. Jeff is recently retired and lives in Fort Collins CO. He is a patrolling member in PWV and also contributes to the Fund Development Committee. Jeff is passionate about public land stewardship and is an avid outdoor activities enthusiast, including hiking, biking, snow sports, paddle sports and wildlife and landscape photography.

Grace Wright (MBA, PMP) is a Fort Collins native. She teaches social enterprise and corporate sustainability in the Impact MBA at CSU and is the Head of Operations and Marketing at Carousel (a social emotional learning edtech startup). She also owns Wright Ventures, which helps early-stage entrepreneurs launch and scale. Grace became familiar with crowdfunding when raising money for her first venture and has helped many entrepreneurs implement crowdfunding best practices over the years.

Sean Orner is a 3-year member with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers. She serves on various committees including Public Outreach, assisting with the organization's social media management. Sean works as a bookkeeper for small businesses and lives in Red Feather Lakes, CO.

Coffee Hour Video

PWV Coffee Hour Information

PWV CrowdFunding Video

NWSA Funding Programs 

Projects have been Selected.

Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.  

News Release for Trail Stewardship Partner Funding

News Release for Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding

Go to Funding Page


Summer 2021  -  Click Here to Download the Summer Newsletter

  • 2021 National Wilderness Workshop Information
  • 2021 Funding Programs
  • 2020 Wilderness Awards
  • 2020 Photo Contest Winners


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 Stewardship Awards

The NWSA/SWS National Wilderness Stewardship Awards Program is soliciting nominations for 2021.  Please consider nominating worthy individuals and groups for the recognition they deserve.

Check out all the details 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.

2021 Memberships end December 31, 2021.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2021 and extend into 2022.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2022 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 2022, 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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