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  1. develop a passport program

    Develop a passport similar to the NPS, Blue Goose, or Lighthouse Society passports so that people can collect different stamps when visiting wilderness areas. Rubber stamps could note the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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    • hold a poster contest geared toward K1-6th grade

      Give a short definition about designated Wilderness- segway into LNT by using 'the impact monster skit' (there are many versions this one is a nice outline: http://www.nevadaoutdoorschool.org/OutdoorEthics/OE_LessonPlans/LNT_ImpactMonster.pdf) to an assembly at an elementary school or individual classes. Following the skit distribute flyers explaining a poster contest where kids are asked to answer, "I'm wild and crazy about Wilderness because..." and include the 50th anniversary on their poster. Use prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd as intensives. Have district/forest personnel vote on best poster. Coordinate with community centers (libraries, the schools, your offices, etc.) to hang the posters with a…

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      • A 1-day conference celebrating 50 years of Wilderness

        Our Friends of Mount Adams (WA) board is already planning a conference at Trout Lake, Washington, "Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness: A Legacy for the Future," for early May or late April, 2014.
        Our speakers and break-out sessions will focus on Wilderness values and management challenges, with particular attention paid to the Mt. Adams Wilderness and Indian Heaven Wilderness nearby.

        Other non-profit groups across the country could do this as well.

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        • The 50 Mile Challenge

          Take the personal challenge to hike 50+ miles during 2014 in any one or more of the 757 wilderness areas across the country.

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          • A young adult/children's Book Group focused on wilderness-related stories

            A summer 2014 Book Club hosted by local libraries/schools/summer camps focused on wilderness-related writings. Examples may include Robert Service , Gary Paulson (Brian's Winter) and others, culminating with a hiking field trip to a local wilderness area or some close-by wild lands.

            10 votes
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            • An essay contest for youth with a chance to be published nationally and go to Washington DC and meet the president!

              An essay contest for youth with a chance to be published nationally and go to Washington DC and meet the president!

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              • Lecture Series at Colleges and Universities. Live or Teleconference

                Coordinate with colleges and universities that provide programs for public administration, park rangers, environmental law, environmental studies, ecology studies to have community oriented lectures.

                Provide a list of articulate individuals with name recognition to speak and present the idea of Wilderness and to discuss existing and proposed wilderness in there area.

                This could be a round-table discussion with several speakers or even a teleconference.

                Include multi-media presentation methods and/or sound tracks of nature.

                6 votes
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                • Re-enforce the Idea that Wilderness has Broad Appeal and Economic Value

                  Develop a national Wilderness 50th Info Hangtag for Outdoor Gear/clothing. Get Outdoor Retailers/Manufacturers to donate 50 cents from the sale of each hangtagged item to the Wilderness 50 Celebration. Offer purchasers of these items the opportunity to enter a contest for some amazing Wilderness trips/experiences in exchange for submitting a brief statement of "Why I Value Wilderness" AND posting that statement to their Facebook page and the 50th Facebook page.

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                  • Art show

                    Hold a juried art show at your local gallery. Invited artists can visit one of the nearest wilderness areas in 2013, and then produce their art for a show in Sept. 2014.

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                    • Photo 2014 Photo Calendar Contest

                      In 2013, have a photo calendar contest with winning photos revealed in the 2014 Wilderness Calendar. All photos submitted to the contest could be part of a photo exibit, at a venue or online during the year. Then, the essay or a poetry contest could correspond with the calendar's photos.

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                      • Chapters create wilderness photography exhibits

                        Have each chapter develop a photo exhibit with 50 images (one for each year) that celebrates wilderness in their area. This exhibit travels throughout the year to museums, schools and galleries. A collateral book could be created and sold as well.

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                        • Wilderness Work Day

                          Require all employees in units which administer Wilderness to spend the day maintaining trails, picking up trash, or rehabilitating recreation sites.

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                          • Twistory: Reliving the Passage of the Wilderness Act

                            Twistory=A Twitter Story.

                            I envision something similar to the twistory that was done by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11: http://twitter.com/#!/reliveapollo11. Essentially, Relive Apollo 11 was a real time Twitter feed of the Apollo 11 mission, 40 years to the date after it happened. Through NASA transcripts, communications between the crew and the ground were highlighted, as well as cultural things that were going on at the time to provide context for what it was like when the mission was actually occurring 40 years ago. One of the unexpected results of…

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                            • Develop a traveling exhibit and tour

                              Develop a traveling exhibit and celebration to coordinate with local community events. The exhibit would be a ready resource limiting the demands on individual communities, yet allow for local stories and flavors to be shared.

                              20 votes
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                              • Create an aggregator site

                                Create a news aggregator site that collects news about wilderness from wide and disparate sources. A one-stop site that would highlight news of the wild, and could be used to generate further stories, and enthusiasm.

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                                • Start a series of podcasts

                                  Create a series of podcasts about "what wilderness means to me" from a broad cross-section of people--backapckers on a trail, people in Central Park, celebs & politicians, etc.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Create Chautauqua Wilderness Rendezvous Fair

                                    Produce Chautauqua (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chautauqua ) educational camps and fairs about wilderness in major centers around the country with talks and presentations by Ken Burns, Terry Tempest Williams, etc., living history by Lee Stetson (John Muir), Dr. Clay Jenkinson (Teddy Roosevelt), a Gifford Pinchot living history artist, etc., with artists works, natural history presentations, music, etc., hosted by employees of the four agencies of the Natl. Wilderness Preservation System to occur during the months of August and September 2014.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Disseminate Curriculum to K-12 and Universities - Wlderness & Global Climate Change

                                      Create and disseminate curriculums to identify and explain the crucial roles wilderness will play in the next 50 years to balance global natural processes with human-influenced climate change.

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                                      • 50th Anniversary Film And/Or Book

                                        Highlights of the last 50 years in wilderness stewardship/management and what the next 50 years will bring.

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                                        • YouTube Short Film Contest

                                          What wilderness means to you and why it is important. All films under 10 minutes.

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