Our week in Norfolk is headlined by Plenary Sessions on connectivity conservation, decolonizing conservation, and fostering cities where nature is front and center and available to everyone. Plan now to join us in April for "Connections Across People, Place, and Time," the 2017 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. It's your once-every-two-years opportunity to connect with the latest ideas and core values of the international parks community! Find out more
A WSJ "Best of 2016" pick — A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks
A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks
A popular guide to the entire national park system, focusing on the big ideas that you can explore in the over 400 national parks of the USA — and all sales benefit the GWS! Find out more
Sample the current issue of our journal, The George Wright Forum
Volume 33, no. 3 • December 2016
The National Park Service Centennial Essay Series: Final Thoughts on a Ten-Year Project
Dwight Pitcaithley and Rolf Diamant wrap up the National Park Service Centennial Essay project with a look back at some of the major ideas that came out of the 27 essays that form the series, and a look forward into an unsettled future for the agency. Read the essay
Post & view job openings on our website!
As a service to the protected areas community, you can now post job openings, and search them, on the GWS website. All employment opportunities related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites are welcome for listing.
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America's Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
Award-winning account of policy and management challenges
National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape
Definitive history of road systems in US national parks
America's National Park System: The Critical Documents
New edition of classic reference on NPS history
Rosy Ralph Visits His National Parks
Children's book inspires a sense of wonder about parks
What's your passion?
At the GWS, our passion is protected areas: the special places—natural areas and cultural sites alike—that are being safeguarded for perpetuity by people like you all over the world. We are dedicated to building the knowledge needed to protect, manage, and understand protected areas around the globe. The GWS is the one organization whose sole focus is on the scientific and heritage values of parks and other kinds of protected areas, from the largest wilderness area to the smallest historic site. Are these your core values too? Then help us make them a reality!