Preservation of Wilderness Character Training

Erin Drake
Primary contact: Erin Drake
Where: Baraboo, WI
May 5 - 7, 2020


Interested in learning more about wilderness stewardship in the NPS and the 1964 Wilderness Act’s mandate to “preserve wilderness character”? Join the NPS Wilderness Stewardship Division for our annual Preservation of Wilderness Character Training — May 5-7, 2020 (with travel on 5/4 and 5/8) in Baraboo, WI, with a site visit to Aldo Leopold’s historic property.

This course seeks to articulate the tenets of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and integrate the preservation of wilderness character into park management and operations.

The target audience for this training includes park and regional wilderness coordinators, and NPS staff and partners that work in and with wilderness — including those working in resource management, interpretation, facilities, law enforcement, trails, and administration (in parks, regions, and national offices).

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the mandates of the Wilderness Act and NPS policy regarding preservation of wilderness character
  • Understand and apply the nationally standardized definitions of the qualities of wilderness character as derived from the Wilderness Act
  • Understand the wilderness character “building blocks” including wilderness character narratives, baseline assessments, and ongoing monitoring
  • Integrate wilderness character preservation into park planning, management, and operations -- including application of the Minimum Requirement Analysis (MRA) process
  • Be able to support the interagency Wilderness 2020 Vision


This is a tuition-free course, and thanks to support from WASO Learning and Development, we have financial aid available to support travel costs for participants.


If you're interested in attending, please email Erin Drake (erin_drake@nps.gov) for the application. Seats will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a final application deadline of March 9, 2020. Only a few seats are left, so please email Erin if you'd like to attend!

Exact location of course still to be determined!

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