Wilderness Workshop is pleased to announce a robust series of events designed to increase awareness about our magnificent public lands, the challenges facing them, and how to get involved to help protect them. Press affiliates are invited to attend all free events. Please direct any inquiries for Wild Feast to Communications Manager Justin Patrick, at Justin@wildernessworkshop.org. More information about events can be found at www.wildernessworkshop.org/events

• June 2, Latinos for Public Lands Community Party. We are celebrating the launch of our new Latino outreach program, Defiende, with a fun-filled community party and BBQ in Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Latinos for Public Lands Community Party offers a FREE, family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music and public lands activism. Enjoy beer and food on us, hear brief comments about current threats to our public lands and learn what YOU can do to protect them. Partygoers can enjoy a range of family friendly activities including corn hole, volleyball and basketball. The party features a keynote address from Mauricia Baca, Executive Director of Get Outdoors Nevada and live music by local teen-band, Sleepy Justice. Learn more, RSVP: wildernessworkshop.org/communityparty

• June 27, Wild Feast. Starting at 6:00 p.m., it’s our 2nd annual Wild Feast: An evening to support public lands protection at the Caribou Club in Aspen. This is our most important fundraiser of the year. It’s an elegant night beginning with cocktails, hor d’ouevres and live music in Aspen’s unique venue, followed by a locally sourced three-course dinner. Guest Speakers are Sharon Buccino, Director of the Land & Wildlife Program at the National Resource Defense Council and Nada Culver, Senior Counsel and Director of the BLM Action Center at the Wilderness Society. Tickets and tables are on sale. Learn more: www.wildernessworkshop.org/wildfeast

• July 18, Public Lands in Peril: An evening discussion with Wilderness Workshop. WW’s “turf” is the entire White River National Forest and adjacent public lands – and we engage on many issues across the breadth of this broad landscape. We are pleased to announce our first public open house in Eagle, where we’ll discuss important public lands issues in the Eagle and Vail Valleys that we’re working on at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Public lands define our communities and getting involved in their protection has never been so important; as anti-conservation policies are enacted in Washington, work at the local level is increasingly critical. Come hear about our work to achieve congressional protection for lands in the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act; efforts to increase wildlife connectivity across I-70; and how you can help stop a misguided plan to build 19 homes above Edwards. Most importantly we want to hear what public lands issues matter to Eagle Valley residents.

• Ongoing, Hike Series. Get outdoors this summer with a free hike led by Wilderness Workshop’s hiking guide. Our hikes will take you into the heart of areas we are working to protect. You’ll hear about the threats to our public lands from gas drilling and logging and learn about other issues like management challenges from increased recreation and citizen efforts to increase protection on public lands. During the hikes we’ll provide you with the tools to take action and save our backcountry. This year we are pleased to offer several themed hikes, as well as hike programming offered in Spanish. The full hike schedule is appended to this press release. The schedule, detailed descriptions, and sign ups will be available at www.wildernessworkshop/hike-series.

• Ongoing, Restoration Series. Wilderness Workshop’s Habitat Restoration Program conducts summer volunteer projects to restore ecosystems and spur community volunteerism on National Forest Lands. This year we’ll be removing old barbed wire, repairing wilderness trails, restoring wetlands and re-vegetating old roads and trails. What better way to give back to local public lands than by spending a day or two in our spectacular backcountry with folks who care deeply about stewardship and our lands. All projects end with a thank you meal for our volunteers. The full Habitat Restoration Program schedule is appended to this press release. It will also be available with detailed descriptions and sign ups at www.wildernessworkshop.org/restoration-projects.

Hikes and restoration schedules:

2018 Wilderness Workshop Hike Series Schedule

June 


3 (Sun.) Bike De Beque with staff attorney, Peter Hart
20 (Weds.) Hunter Creek Wildflower Walk, with ACES, near Aspen
23 (Sat.) Photography workshop, with Jon Mullen, Crystal River Valley
24 (Sun.) Grizzly Creek family hike, near Glenwood Springs. (En Español también.)
24 (Sun.) Camp Hale and Kokomo Pass, near Vail
28 (Thurs.) Hay Park Moon Full Moon, near Carbondale
30 (Sat.) Avalanche Creek Mindfulness. Meditation. Movement. with Lindsay Gurley, near Carbondale

July
1 (Sun.) Huntsman Ridge, near Marble
7 (Sat.) No Name and Bennett Gulch, near Eagle
10 (Tues) American Lake, near Aspen
14 (Sat.) Crystal Valley field trip, near Carbondale
15 (Sun.) East Creek Poetry Hike, with Alya Howe, near Redstone
18 (Wed.) Spraddle Creek, near Vail
21 (Sat) Twin Peaks Young at Heart Adventure Hike, Thompson Divide near Glenwood Springs (En Español también.)
22 (Sun) Mushroom Forage with Chef Miles Angelo, location TBD

August

2 (Thurs.) Edible and medicinal plants of the Thompson Divide – Marion Gulch – with Sunny Morehouse, near Carbondale
4 (Sat.) Raspberry Loop – Young at Heart Adventure Hike, near Marble (En Español también.)
12 (Sun.) Carbonate Creek, near Marble
25 (Sat.) Watercolor Workshop w/ Nicolette Toussaint, location TBD
26 (Sun.) Red Hill family picnic, near Carbondale (En Español también.)

September

1-3 (Fri-Sun) Backpack Across the Thompson Divide, near Carbondale
8 (Sat.) Battlement Reservoir Hike & Fish, near Parachute (En Español también.)
22 (Sun.) East Maroon Creek, near Aspen

Wilderness Workshop Restoration Projects for 2018

Pull barb wire & restore wildlife habitat
July 8: Sky Mountain Park in Snowmass – Help us remove old barbed wire fencing to allow animals to move freely across important elk and deer habitat in Sky Mountain Park. Vestiges of decades-old grazing operations, these disused fence lines now deteriorate and fragment wildlife habitat.

Restore the tundra and a trail
Sat. July 21: Linkins Lake Trail – Help us reconfigure braided, wet and rutted sections of this spectacular trail with incredible views of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. This is one of the most popular trails on Independence Pass. It’s steep but short, making it suitable for families. Work up a sweat and jump in an alpine lake to cool off at the end of the day!

Restore the wilderness and a trail
Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19: Hay Park – Join us for two days of trail and restoration work in the Hay Park area and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Hay Park Trail needs some repair work and there are some sections of trail that go into the wilderness that needs to be restored and decommissioned. We’ll provide all the food and trail gear.

Restore a wetland
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9: Crooked Creek Pass – Back by popular demand! The Forest Service has removed a series of dams to restore a former high elevation wetland; our crew will car camp (optional) and re-vegetate the area with willows and other native species. This is the third year of this important