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Oct. 14-17 | Wilderness & Beyond Conference

Oct. 14-17 | Wilderness & Beyond Conference


October 14–17, 2024


YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO

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Join us as we celebrate our 35th anniversary AND the 60th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with the 2024 Wilderness & Beyond Conference in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.

There will be workshops, receptions, and so much more with like-minded wilderness advocates. You’ll hear from conservation luminaries and grassroots organizing experts while also sharing ideas and brainstorming strategies to safeguard critical wild places, watersheds, and wildlife habitat and corridors. Come learn, connect, and grow your advocacy skills.

This conference is still in the early planning stages—we’ll alert you as activities are scheduled.

Preliminary Agenda

The two main conference days (Tuesday, Wednesday) will offer participants a selection of morning conference sessions or activities and afternoon sessions and activities. Monday and Tuesday evenings will include speakers and special programs, and Wednesday night we’ll kick up our heels, dress up in Wild Broads style (whatever that means to you!) and celebrate at the Hiking Boots Ball!

After the evening events, we’ll light the campfire to end the evening with new and old friends.


We’ve reserved lodges that will also include the meeting rooms for conference sessions. Meals (all included) will be served in the nearby Aspen Dining Hall, and when we gather as a group, it will be in the Willome cabin—a large space that will also feature exhibits by Broadbands and partners.

YMCA of the Rockies has three central lodges and all are within walking distance to the most popular activities at Estes Park Center. Each room features two queen beds, full private bath, mini fridge, and free Wi-Fi.

Scholarship Opportunities

We are working on gathering sponsorships to provide partial or full scholarships to allow as many members to attend as possible. You can apply HERE. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2024. We will notify recipients by June 30, 2024

If you would like to talk to us about making payments on your registration, contact Kaye at

Registration options include:

  • $650 – Full Conference with a shared room (bunk with a buddy!)
  • $450 – Full Conference without lodging (if you choose to stay elsewhere)
  • $850 – Full Conference and non-shared room (very limited number available)

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