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The George Wright Society champions stewardship of parks, protected & conserved areas, cultural sites, and other kinds of place-based conservation by connecting people, places, knowledge, and ideas. By uniting people from many different backgrounds around a common passion for protecting Earth’s natural and cultural heritage, we create the collaboration needed to meet today’s greatest conservation challenges.



Parks • Cultural Sites

Protected / Conserved Areas


Watch our virtual chat with author Jerry Emory!

The long-awaited, first-ever biography of our namesake — the visionary who revolutionized management of America‘s national parks

“Emory’s enumeration of Wright’s accomplishments—including a survey of wildlife in Western parks, the first of its kind—is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Highly recommended for nature lovers and park enthusiasts.” LIBRARY JOURNAL

30% discount for GWS members!

Check out the latest issue  of our open-access journal, Parks Stewardship Forum


A Yosemite ranger's living history portrayal of George Meléndez Wright

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Latest top headlines  •  24 May 2024

May 24—The fishing industry is criticizing the way the Mexican Navy is trying to keep the last few remaining vaquitas from being caught in gill nets.

May 23—‚A new policy memo from USNPS effectively bars employees in uniform from participating in Pride events.

May 22—Populations of migratory fish species have plummeted by 81% on average since 1970, a new global study finds — with the authors calling it a "catastrophic decline."

May 22—USNPS continues to rank in the bottom 25% of "best places to work" in the US federal government — a finding that supports widespread anecdotal evidence of low morale in the agency.

May 14—A new study published in the journal Science concludes that PAs and other conservation efforts are making measurable, significant improvements to biodiversity.

May 8—A study finds that biodiversity (among other environmental stressors) is making the spread of infectious human diseases more likely.

May 6—A disease affecting coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean is causing problems in National Park System units in Florida and the US Virgin Islands.

What sets us apart: Interdisciplinary conservation thinking

GWS’s unique role is to foster interdisciplinary place-based conservation. Specialist organizations and subject-matter professional societies create essential knowledge. GWS operates one level up from that endeavor: we provide opportunities for specialists to go beyond their usual mental boundaries and see how what they know connects with, and complements, what other specialists know. GWS nurtures the kind of context-aware thinking needed to tackle complex conservation problems.

What we create: Innovation

Innovation only comes from open minds. Open minds thrive in a collegial atmosphere that encourages people to think outside their silo, beyond their usual point of view. GWS is the only conservation organization that exists specifically to bring people together from a wide range of points of view in settings designed to allow open-mindedness to flourish. By doing this, GWS creates space for multidimensional learning and collaboration that leads to innovative conservation action.

How we work: Convening

The learning spaces we create are both physical and virtual. We convene opportunities for people to come together in person: face-to-face events that expand communication networks, support mentoring, and build the capacity of park and protected area stewards, cultural and natural resource managers, scientists and other scholars, and teachers and students. We also help create these goods by nurturing a virtual global community of stewardship through publications and online interactions.

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