50th Anniversary


Wilderness Workshop has been fighting to designate and protect public lands since 1967. This year marks the conservation organization’s 50th anniversary, and we are eager to take this opportunity to celebrate our work, as well as discuss our past achievements and future plans to continue protecting wild lands and wildlife. Wilderness Workshop started with three thoughtful, passionate women— “Maroon Belles” Connie Harvey, Dottie Fox, and Joy Caudill— using grassroots momentum to secure congressional designation for the Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Raggeds and West Elks Wilderness Areas, and doubling the acreage designated within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

After that goal was successfully met with passage of the 1978 Endangered American Wilderness Act and the 1980 Colorado Wilderness Act, the organization evolved to continue to advocate for wilderness, public lands protection, and wildlife habitat. Through our many years and evolution, Wilderness Workshop has remained true to its grassroots origin, and strives to promote community involvement as a front line tool.


Wilderness Workshop will be highlighting our 50th anniversary theme in several upcoming events this year. Press affiliates are invited to attend all events. Please confirm attendance with Communications Manager Justin Patrick, at Justin@wildernessworkshop.org. More information will be made available as events approach at www.wildernessworkshop.org/events

March 16th, 4-7 p.m.
A Spring Shopping Event to celebrate Wilderness Workshop at J. Crew Aspen
Complimentary snacks and beverages were served at the J. Crew storefront in Aspen. Ten percent of proceeds benefited Wilderness Workshop. This event was a great example of how we are diversifying our community engagement and pursuing many avenues of community support. We’re honored that a leading national brand like J. Crew would affiliate with us for a benefit.

April 5th, 5:30-7 p.m.
On the Ground, In the Courts: Legal and advocacy strategies to protect public lands and bedrock environmental laws

In the top floor conference room at the Mountain Chalet in Aspen. Wilderness Workshop enjoys a long and fruitful partnership with Earthjustice, most recently resulting in the cancelation of 25 leases in the Thompson Divide. Drew Caputo, VP of Litigation for Wildlife, Lands, Ocean at Earthjustice, Will Roush, Conservation Director at Wilderness Workshop, and Peter Hart, Staff Attorney and Conservation Analyst at Wilderness Workshop will discuss the most effective ways to defend our public lands and maintain basic environmental protections for our air, water, wildlife and wild lands. Hors ‘d’oeuvres and cash bar.

May 20th
Public Lands Day Hike

Join us for a group hike to celebrate Public Lands Day. Location TBD.

June 2nd
First Friday at Carbondale Beer Works

We will host a celebratory mixer to kick off our summer events at one of our favorite local watering holes with a band and drink specials.

June 28th, 6:00 p.m.
Wildfeast: An evening to support public lands protection at the Caribou Club, Aspen
An elegant night beginning with cocktails, hor d’ouevres and live music in Aspen’s unique venue followed by a locally sourced three-course dinner and a very special guest speaker. Tickets and tables will be available. Full details to come.

July 1st, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Wilderness Workshop’s signature summer community celebration will kick off again this year at Owl Farm in Woody Creek.

More to come: film screening(s), public hikes and restoration projects, and artistic events are in the works!