Preserving Cultural & Wilderness Resources: Achieving Common Ground



Canceled: Due to COVID-19, this course has been canceled, but will likely be offered in 2021.

There is a long standing perceived conflict between cultural and wilderness laws and stewardship. To help alleviate this perception the interagency Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center has partnered with the Western Center for Historic Preservation to develop and host Preserving Cultural & Wilderness Resources: Achieving Common Ground.

Taught workshop-style, the course presents an overview of law and policy, illuminates the historical context for the pertinent court cases, showcases traditional skills often required to execute preservation projects in wilderness, explores archeological and ethnographic resources, and provides an opportunity for robust discussions. The course encourages participants to challenge their views on cultural and wilderness stewardship, identify the common ground, and work together to solve complex issues in order to protect cultural resources and preserve wilderness character.



  • $250 General participant
  • $50 Student (at least half time in an accredited institution)
  • $25 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park employees

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