Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Protecting wilderness since 1989

Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

Conceived by older women who love wilderness, Broads gives voice to the millions of Americans who want to protect their public lands and wilderness for this and future generations. As a women-led conservation organization, we bring knowledge, leadership, and humor to the wilderness preservation movement. And, we’re educating communities about the critical connection between healthy public lands and climate change mitigation. Check out our video to learn more about Broads.

Protect where you play.

Ready to explore wild lands and waters? Ready to learn? Ready to take action and get involved? You’ve come to the right place. Broads is creating a movement. Currently, we’re 8,500 Broads (and Bros) strong across the nation engaged in educational forums, grassroots leadership training, outdoor education events, and advocacy.

We are known for being bold, telling it like it is, and having a lot of fun—while bringing forth a collaborative model of leadership. Join our community and become a member—all ages welcome. Learn more about us on our Best of Broads page, by subscribing to our eNews, or attending one of our 40+ Broadband chapter meetings.

Broads in Action


May Blog | eBikes and Public Lands

E-bikes are already allowed on most trails on BLM lands where bikes are. Public lands open only to non-motorized use are a small proportion of all public lands. There is no need to expand e-bike use to trails where they are currently not allowed.

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Women for the Wild Comprehensive Campaign

Last September, Broads’ launched the Women for the Wild Comprehensive Campaign at the 30th anniversary. To date the Broads community has donated over $1M toward the $3.1M goal. Every gift counts, no matter how small or big. Three year pledges are welcomed. Gifts support Operations, Program, and Capital needs to ensure the future of Broads and to grow our women-led movement to protect public lands and our planet.

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Message from Broads’ Executive Director,
Shelley Silbert

To our Broads family: Be bold, be brave, be a Broad. We have this motto printed on our t-shirts, and it couldn’t be more fitting for the unusual times we are in now…In the midst of this, we must not lose focus on our love for and commitment to wilderness and wild public lands…Take a walk in nature. Gather strength from the sunrise. Recommit fully to protecting what protects us.
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