Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

50th Anniversary Celebration
and Citizen Advocacy Summit

Celebrate the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s 50-year legacy and learn how to stand up for Wyoming’s future. Stay tuned throughout 2017 for details as we host events across the state, and be sure to reserve your tickets for the weekend of September 22-23 in Lander! Festivities will include a free community concert, workshops, great local meals, and a chance to connect with the conservation community across Wyoming.

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We can’t wait to welcome you to the Wyoming Outdoor Council’s home town of Lander! Whether you come to town regularly or are visiting after a long while, we know you’ll enjoy your stay.

We have several room blocks at hotels in town for the nights of September 22 and 23.

Mention the Wyoming Outdoor Council 50th Anniversary when you book your room.

By car:

From Jackson/Yellowstone:
From Yellowstone, follow U.S. Highway 287/191/89 south or from Jackson 26/191/89 north to Moran Junction, where 26/287 continues east over Togwotee Pass and into Dubois. Take 287 South into Lander.

From Rock Springs:
Head north on US Highway 191 to Farson and then northeast on Wyo. Highway 28 into Lander.

From Cheyenne/Laramie:
Follow I-80 west to Rawlins. Take 789 North to Muddy Gap and 287 into Lander.

From Casper:
From Casper, take U.S. Highway 20/26 west to Shoshoni and continue on 26/789 to Lander.

From Cody:
Travel south from Cody on Wyo. Highway 120 to Thermopolis and then 789/20 south to Shoshoni. State Highway 789 continues to Riverton, Hudson and Lander.

Driving Distances to Lander

Jackson, WY: 160 miles
Casper, WY: 150 miles
Laramie, WY: 223 miles
Cody, WY: 163 miles

By air:

Lander’s closest airport is located in Riverton (RIW), 30 miles away. It is served by Denver Air Connection and Great Lakes Airlines. Nearby commercial service is also available in Jackson, Casper, and Rock Springs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions! Contact Amy Rathke at (307) 332-7031 x16 or amy@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org for more information.

Schedule of Events

Community Concert

Friday, September 22, 6-8 p.m. City Park – Lander, Wyoming

We’re kicking off our anniversary weekend on September 22 with a free community concert in City Park featuring Jalan Crossland. All are welcome! In addition to great music, the evening will feature a community mural project sponsored by the Lander Art Center and facilitated by local artist Virginia Moore.

MORNING EVENTS – Saturday, September 23

Lander Community & Convention Center

Saturday morning will be focused on celebrating the Outdoor Council’s 50-year legacy and connecting the conservation community across Wyoming.

7-8 a.m. Breakfast – Enjoy baked goods, coffee, and tea from the Lander Bake Shop.

8-9 a.m. State of Conservation in Wyoming – We’ll take a look back at the Outdoor Council’s 50 years of conservation leadership in Wyoming. We’ll also discuss current Wyoming conservation issues, challenges, opportunities, and strategies.

9-9:45 a.m. The Next 50 Years: Innovative Thinking for the Future – Help us to identify the most pressing conservation issues around the state and discuss strategies for effective leadership—Wyoming Style.

Youth Art Activities

8-10 a.m.
Youngsters ages 3 to 10 can stop by the Art Room where the Lander Art Center will provide nature-inspired art activities.

Workshop Block #1 – 10 A.M.-12 P.M. Saturday Morning

Lander Community & Convention Center
During our morning workshops, you’ll have a chance to build your skills as citizen conservationists. Reserve your tickets for these workshops soon, as space is limited!

Effecting Policy Change in Wyoming: Tips from the Pros

Join representatives from our partner organizations around the state to hear some success stories in leveraging citizen engagement in recent years.

LUNCH – 12 P.M.-1P.M.

Lander Community & Convention Center
Join us for a tasty sit-down lunch served in the convention hall.

Workshop Block #2 – Saturday Afternoon

Lander Community & Convention Center
In the afternoon, we’ll put the morning’s workshops into practice by getting out on into local landscapes and engaging in further discussion.

Join experts in the rapidly-growing field of citizen science to learn about emerging techniques and how you can participate in projects in your area. Participants: Andrea Orabona, Wyoming Game and Fish Department; Merrill Warren, Adventure Scientists; Kate Gerch, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation; Dr. Brian Barber, University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute

Evening Events – Saturday, September 23

Saturday night will be a fun evening at the Lander Community and Convention Center.
Tickets are available for this portion of the event only. We’ll see you there!

5-6:30 p.m. Tom Bell Memorial Cocktail Hour Join us at the Community Center to raise a glass in honor of our founder, Tom Bell, who passed away in 2016. We’ll share favorite memories and take a moment to reflect on his powerful legacy as conservationist, decorated World War II veteran, and Wyoming hero.

6:30 p.m. Harvest Dinner We’ve worked with local Lander restaurant, the Cowfish, to design a locally-sourced menu fitting for the occasion.

8:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator under President Obama

A career public servant in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than thirty years. As the head of Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, she led historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan.

Known for her pragmatic approaches and disarming, plain-speaking style, McCarthy has earned the respect of the environmental, public health and business communities with her thorough understanding of all sides of climate, air quality, chemical safety, environmental justice and health equity, and water, land and natural resource protection and restoration discussions. A gifted communicator and strategist with a talent for making environmental issues nonpartisan, highly personal, and solidly backed by science and the law, McCarthy is consistently credited with finding common ground and forging sustainable, common sense solutions.