Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Celebrates 30 years of protecting wilderness

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 environmental and wilderness preservation movements to protect our last wild places on earth.

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, and attending one of our 40 broadband chapter meetings in your community.

Broads in Action


Democracy & Grassroots Activism

Video – “Grassroots activism…is essential to democracy” says Shelley Silbert, Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Learn the core philosophy of Broads and the power of female leadership in the conservation movement.

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Butterfly Garden Beautification Day

Aug. 31 – Join the Lone Star Broads (Texas) for our second butterfly garden beautification day (BGBD).

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Become A Broad!

Take advantage of our 30th anniversary special, and become a member for just $30 (save $5!). Join today and help us protect the public lands we love for future generations.

30 for $30

Broads’ Blog

August – Bigger Than Ourselves by Broads’ Executive Director, Shelley Silbert. “It’s hard to fathom that our scrappy and growing organization celebrates thirty years in 2019!…”

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Action Alert

Through our sources, we’ve learned that the administration plans to use Executive Orders to break down bedrock environmental protection laws such as the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, Clean Water Act, and more.

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Nimiipuu River Rendezvous

Sept. 20-22 – Bring your water craft, tent, and join Idaho Broads for a weekend in support of a free-flowing river and the return of wild salmon and steelhead. There will be amazing guest speakers, live music, tasty food, and traditional Nimiipuu drumming and dancing!

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