GWS2013: Special events

Special events are a big part of the GWS conference experience.  Receptions, evening sessions, a silent auction, Native Film Night, and the capstone GWS/NPS Awards Banquet are just a few examples.  The events below are tentative as of this writing.  As arrangements firm up for these Special Events, we will add information to this page.


Traditional Native Blessing/Welcome (hosted by the GWS Native Involvement Working Group) | Sunday, March 10, 7:00 pm |Location tba


Welcome to Denver Reception | Monday, March 11, 7:00-8:30 pm | Location tba

We'll welcome you to Denver with an informal get-together ... it'll be a chance to renew old acquaintances and make new ones! A selection of complimentary hot and cold hors d'oeuvres; cash bar.


Poster Spotlight Reception | Tuesday, March 12, 6:30–7:30 pm | Location tba

GWS2013's Poster Session starts on Sunday evening and runs through Thursday mid-afternoon. On Tuesday evening, we will host a reception in the area immediately adjacent to the posters. Presenters will be standing by their posters / computer demos so you can ask questions. It's the perfect time to cruise the posters! Complimentary light snacks; cash bar.



Special Evening Sessions | dates & location tba

The conference often has special evening sessions where topics are discussed in an informal way.  Examples from the 2011 conference include the USGS and USNPS directors reflecting on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill of 2010 and a dialogue on the NPS Science Initiative, presentation of IUCN's Kenton Miller Award, and more.


Native Film Night | Wednesday, March 13, 8:00–9:30 pm | Location tba

GWS2013 will feature the third Native Film Night.  This popular event is open to all registrants and features short films produced by Native filmmakers and collaborators.

Film is an extraordinary and vivid medium for education and communication. The NFN selections tell stories not commonly conveyed, each with its own unique voice and vision. They connect culture, land and people across generations. And they underscore the knowledge, vision, perspectives and contributions of Native peoples to the caretaking of the Earth and human cultures.



The George Wright Society / National Park Service Awards Banquet | Thursday, March 14, 7:30–9:30 pm | $60

A GWS tradition, the Thursday evening Awards Banquet recognizes the winners of "Imagine Excellence," the GWS awards program. At GWS2013, the banquet will also feature the presentation of the National Park Service Director's Awards for Natural Resources Stewardship, the NPS Appleman-Judd-Lewis Awards for cultural resources, and the NPS Director's Award for Wilderness Stewardship.