Plan a "Walk for Wilderness" in Your Community

Walk for Wilderness

During the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the most popular and prevalently-held event was the "Wilderness Walk." Walks are symbolic 1-5 mile marches conducted in communities, not in congressionally designated wilderness. Walks can follow parade routes, trails or go through appropriate city or county open spaces. They are often combined with other types of events including speakers, crosscut saw and horsepacking demonstrations, booths, interpretive programs, food, art, music and more.

Use this emailable/printable Wilderness Walk Planning Guide to host a wilderness walk in your community. The guide provides valuable advice on everything from selecting a site to engaging partners in an easy-to-read format.

If you're not sure what a "Walk for Wilderness" might look like in your community, watch this 5-minute YouTube video about a 40th anniversary walk that occured in 2004 in Evergreen, Colorado. This video shows how a walk can meaningfully integrate interpretive programming and educational activities for kids.