Better education is key to improving the public’s understanding and care for the A-B Wilderness. Teaching people of all ages to be better stewards of our wildest lands is imperative if Wilderness is going to be an enduring resource for generations to come. Learning to “Tread Lightly” in wilderness environments can serve as a microcosm, teaching us all to treat the larger world with more care and respect.

The ABWF therefore offers educational programming to people of all ages. We are particularly keen on working with young people and inviting them out onto the National Forest in order to learn first-hand, the lessons that Wilderness provides. During the school year, we offer opportunities for snowshoeing and regular hikes on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and into the wilderness. These programs are perfect for public school classes, groups of homeschoolers, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.

FREE PROGRAMMING! Because we partner with the Custer Gallatin National Forest, we offer these educational programs for FREE! After all, these are your public lands! Working through the ABWF also means you don’t need to go through the permit process for your group to operate on the Custer Gallatin National Forest as you would normally. Yes, you read that right…FREE!

Wilderness is ground-zero for learning about clean air and water, plant ecology & wildlife habitat, wilderness values such as solitude, recreation and art/aesthetics. So let the ABWF share this tremendous wilderness area with your students. With some prior planning, we can adapt our lessons to your students’ needs and according to Montana State standards.

Call the ABWF Director, David, at (406) 425-1944 or at [email protected] to schedule and discuss an educational program for your school group!

We do plenty of programs for Adult Learners too! Here are some Programs the ABWF has offered in the past:

  • Talks/Slide Presentations to Rotary Clubs around the area about the A-B Wilderness and the ABWF.
  • Leave No Trace clinics for Boy Scouts in Billings and
  • Moonlight Walks/Talks for the Custer Gallatin NF.
  • Historical talks at Museums like the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston and the Carbon County Historical Society in Red Lodge.
  • Guided hikes to places like Moon Lake, Sioux-Charley Lake, the Line Creek Plateau, Timberline Lake, etc.
  • Educational lessons for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties.
  • Film premiers of documentary films like Chasing Ice and Wild Resurrection: The Untold Story of the A-B Wilderness.
  • Lectures on Wilderness to college classes from places like MSU Billings and Westminster College (SLC).
  • Campfire talks on family friendly hikes in the A-B, or the history of the Wilderness movement for the Audubon Center in Billings and the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce.
  • Grizzly Bear awareness talks at the Billings Zoo
  • Helped put on a Public Lands Forum with the Beartooth Front Community Forum
  • How to pack a backpack for families at Get Outside Montana in Billings.

Contact the Executive Director at (406) 425-1944 or at [email protected]

The future of places like the A-B Wilderness will be in good hands if we choose to pass on our wild heritage with all the love and protection we can muster!
Art and prose by 6 yr old Aria Tercek