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Photos courtesy of the US National Park Service, The Lloyd Family, Cody Skyler, Teresa Baker, and Morgan Heim 

Student Programs

GWS Student Chapters

GWS Student chapters bring together like-minded students through the mentorship of professionals and educators on college campuses.  The chapters have the freedom to develop their own by-laws and develop objectives that meet the needs of their university and community while striving to carry out the mission of the George Wright Society


Current GWS Student Chapters:

  • Clemson University

  • University of Utah

  • University of California - Merced

  • Kansas State University

  • University of Montana

  • North Carolina State University

  • Pennsylvania State university

  • Oregon State University


Benefits to students:

  • Online edition of The George Wright Forum where authors explore in detail issues of enduring interest to the parks and protected area community.

  • Student discount on the GWS Events 

  • Promoting diversity and relevancy within the protected area professional community through such programs as the George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship, the Native Participant Travel Grant Program, and Park Break.

  • Opportunities to connect with professionals through speaking series and webcasts.

  • Connections with professional mentors and networking opportunities.

  • The development of service projects in your community that promotes the mission and goals of the George Wright Society.

If you would like to create a chapter, or partner with an existing organization on your campus, please contact: Brian Peterson at bpeter6@g.clemson.edu 

The Gary E. Everhardt Park Break Program





The Gary E. Everhardt Park Break Program is a week-long, park-based fellowship and field seminar for graduate students who are seriously thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education. Please visit the Park Break page for more information.

Student Summits

George Wright Society Student Chapters launched the GWS Student Summits in 2016 to bring together students from a variety of disciplines to collaborate on parks and protected area management issues. GWS Student Chapters aim to create a culture of scholarship and stewardship in the research and management of parks and protected areas. Attendees at Student Summits get the chance to meet with peers to contemplate strategic issues in place-based conservation -- and develop leadership skills

The most recent Student Summit was hosted by the University of Utah in 2017. Stay tuned for details on our next GWS Student Summit!