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Happy fiftieth anniversary to the Wilderness Act

Today (Sept. 3, 2014) marks the actual 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Here are just a few of the great events taking place this month, which President Obama has proclaimed as National Wilderness Month:

National Wilderness Month proclaimed
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Google Hangout Panel: Tonight at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, join a free, live, online, panel discussion via Google Plus or YouTube with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune; composer, writer, and musician DJ Spooky; Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro; and moderator Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal.

Wilderness Forever Photography Exhibit: Opening tomorrow, theWilderness Forever exhibit will remain in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. until summer 2015 and showcases over 60 spectacular photographs of wilderness areas.

Wilderness Forever Photo Blitz: Follow Wilderness50 on Facebook and Twitter today from 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Eastern. Images from the exhibit plus runners up—a total of 100 images—will be posted along with photographer quotes and wilderness facts throughout the day tomorrow, one approximately every 10-15 minutes.

Secretary Jewell at Great Swamp: Tomorrow at 11am Eastern Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell headlines the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 50th anniversary celebration in the wilderness closest to America’s largest city, New York city. Listen live online.

Wilderness Featured on NPR’s On Point: Orion Magazine author Jordan Fisher Smith will lead a conversation tomorrow on On Point, NPR's top conversation program, on the 50th anniversary and the themes of his Orion essay about whether or not to garden the wilderness. Read his article and others in the new Orion wilderness issue.

Wilderness Special on National Television: On September 7th, Smithsonian Channel will air a special 60-minute episode of Aerial American dedicated to wilderness. Check your local listings to view the show live. Sign up to host a house party in September or October and get a free advance DVD copy of the show.

Wilderness Week in Washington D.C.: September 15-17 wilderness supporters from across America will flock to the Capitol to advocate for wilderness among our elected officials.

National Wilderness Conference Fast Approaching: The October 15-19conference is only about six weeks away. Register online and book your room soon!

Amy Lou Jenkins is the author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting winner of the Ellis / Henderson Award for Outdoor Writing. See excerpt in Wisconsin People and Ideas. If you have a book or film related to nature or green living you’d like Amy Lou to review, contact her through her website at

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