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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Lost Sierra Broadwalk

Aug. 8–12 – Join the Middle California Broadband for a Broadwalk event where we’ll hike, learn about the wolves of California, tackle an archaeological stewardship project and go birding in the Sierra Valley.

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The “Yoo Hoo” Story

Learn the origin of the “Yoo Hoo” call used to gather Broads at events as told by former Associate Director Rose Chilcoat.

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Broads’ Blog

June – Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes?  Broads’ Executive Director, Shelley Silbert, explores what it means “to be a Broad” and the organizations commitment to making the culture and community of Broads diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

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My Turn: Unnatural walls in the borderlands

May – Broads member, Linda Graham, shares her experience on the Borderlands Broadwalk with the Concord Monitor: “We learn from nature. The wall defeats the natural crossing of animals, from toads to snakes to jaguars. Humans have yet to be defeated, but many have died along the way…”

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Saving Wilderness & Having Fun

May – Enjoy this fun-loving share about the past, present, and future of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and its embrace of diverse women—young and old, lesbian and straight, caucasian and women of color.

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