Workshop Information

Join us for the 2017 National Wilderness Workshop

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The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the Society of Wilderness Stewardship, in partnership with AIM for Wilderness Stewardship, Arkansas Tech University, Buffalo National River, National Park Service (NPS), and the Ozark-St.Francis and Ouachita National Forests, are pleased to announce the upcoming National Wilderness Workshop in the beautiful gateway to the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains.  The Workshop is being sponosred by the U.S. Forst Service, Audubon Arkansas, and the Ozark Highlands Trail Association. The focus of this year's workshop will be on Wilderness Science, Wilderness Management Issues, and Wilderness Stewardship.  

The workshop will take place from October 2-5 at Arkansas Tech University's Lake Point Conference Center in Russelville, Arkansas.  

The National Wilderness Workshop is the premier gathering of wilderness stewardship organizations, federal agencies, and wilderness academics to learn and discuss current wilderness issues, network among likeminded professionals, and seek solutions to pressing wilderness problems. 


Please note: During the registration process, you will be asked your preference for each round of concurrent sessions.  Your choice does not assign you or lock you into a session, it merely provides us with numeric information for session capacity planning.

The Area

Russellville, Arkansas, is defined by dramatic geography and subtle beauty in the Arkansas River Valley, between the tallest peaks in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains and the shores of Lake Dardanelle.  An outdoor enthusiast’s destination, Russellville has close proximity to 6 designated wilderness areas, the Buffalo National River, and hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land on the Ozark-Saint Francis, and Ouachita National Forests.  Easily accessible via Interstate Highway 40 in northwest Arkansas, Russellville is about an hour away from Little Rock, Arkansas.  

The Facility

Located on the shore of Lake Dardenelle, the Lake Point Conference Center is managed by Arkansas Tech University as a state of the art facility for workshops and conferences.  The Center is approximately 10 miles from Russellville just off Interstate Highway 40.  Located at the site are meeting rooms, a dining room, picnic pavilion, and social bar.  The Center currently has some onsite lodging as well.  


There are multiple options for lodging.  Click here to see details.

Shuttles to and from the airport, and to and from Russelville to the Lake Point Conference Center are available.  Click here to see details.

Full Workshop registration includes a number of meals.  Click here to find out more.

The Workshop will include field trips.  Click here to learn more.


Every effort is made to keep the cost of workshop attendance reasonable and a strong value.  This year is no exception.   Several different levels of registration have been identified so you can tailor your participation to your budget and interest.  Society for Wilderness Stewardship and National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance members receive a discount of 20% for the Full Workshop, Daily Workshop, and Field Trip prices.  Contact SWS or NWSA for a discount code for members.  

Registration Level


What’s Included

Full Workshop


Everything!  Access to all workshop sessions, including lunch all three days, Tuesday night dinner, Thursday night final banquet, and Wednesday Field Trip.

Daily Workshop


A day pass to attend either Tuesday or Thursday of the Workshop, including lunch that day.

Field Trip Only


A day pass to attend the Field Trip of your choice, includes a sack lunch.

Tuesday Night Dinner & Social


A ticket to attend the Tuesday night dinner and social at Lake Point Conference Center.

Thursday Final Banquet


A ticket to attend the Thursday night Final Banquet at Lake Dardenelle State Park.



Available for full or part-time students and Job Corps enrollees to attend Workshop sessions, except meals.

Student Lunch Option


Includes 3 tickets to cover lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  (Only available for Student Registrations)

Register now.

Please contact Heather MacSlarrow or Randy Welsh with questions.


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