Cozy Up, Learn a Backcountry Skill

This winter, you can join the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation’s education and stewardship programs without needing skis, snowshoes, or to even go out in the cold. That’s because we’re introducing a monthly series of free, online workshops to help wilderness enthusiasts enjoy (and care for) our snowy backyard wildlands. While we would love to be able to host these workshops in person, we are looking forward to offering these opportunities for learning and being in community while staying safe and physically distant.

Each month, we’ll introduce another outdoors person in the Greater Yellowstone and dive into a topic of their choice, giving attendees access to the presenter’s passions and experience. Expect a combination of recorded videos from the field, live explanations and insights, and time for Q and A. Patrick Cross, our new Executive Director, will kick things off to introduce himself and lead us through a lesson on animal tracking in the Winter. And then in February, we’ll move forward with other guest presenters. See schedule below:


Date and TimePresenterTopicRegistration On Zoom
January 20, 6 PMPatrick CrossWinter Wildlife TrackingRegister
February 17, 6 PMBen DaleyTrip Visioning and Planning Using Free, Online ResourcesRegister
March 24, 6 PMPatrick CrossA-B Wilderness Science: Past, Present, FutureRegister
April 21, 5 PM Ben Daley and Patrick CrossUpcoming Stewardship OpportunitiesRegister

Webinar Descriptions

Winter Wildlife Tracking, January 20

Ever been out on skis or snowshoes and wondered whose tracks were in the trail in front of you? Was it a lynx, or a snowshoe hare, or even Bigfoot? ABWF Executive Director Patrick Cross will provide an introduction to snow tracking, so you can experience wildlife on your outdoor adventures even if you don’t see the critters themselves! Once you start looking, you will be amazed at all the different kinds of animals that share our wildlands…

Patrick Cross is the Executive Director of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation. Before joining ABWF, he was an ecologist and wildlife guide, and conducted research on the Beartooth Plateau tracking foxes and otters through the snow to learn more about their habitats, diets, and populations. Register Here.

Trip Visioning and Planning Using Free, Online Resources, February 17

Those of us who aspire to access Public Lands are often directed to the same locations by internet search information that insufficiently describes alternatives, even when other intriguing options are close by. Often when we are adjacent to public lands, it can still be difficult to find access points! Whether you are looking for a safe place to rest your head on a road trip or choosing between a couple new mountain ranges for a spontaneous backpacking trip, familiarity with a few online tools will help you go into an experience more informed, assured of your decisions, and stoked! This workshop will help learners of all experience levels expand their options for accessing public lands throughout the year, especially during the Winter and Spring months when your go-to spots are limited due to snow.

Ben believes access to public lands is a right, not a privilege only for those who have been taught or have taught themselves! Register Here.

A-B Science: Past, Present, Future, March 24

With its unique geography and ecology—from its granitic and volcanic geology to its environments ranging from sagebrush to forests to alpine tundra—the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness has long been a natural laboratory for scientific researchers from a wide range of disciplines. ABWF Executive Director Patrick Cross and guests will discuss past research and its effects on scientific understanding, current efforts and why they are important, and future research needed for continuing scientifically informed management and conservation.

Patrick Cross is the Executive Director of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation. As an ecologist, he has led research projects in the AB Wilderness and published results in peer-reviewed journals. Now at ABWF, he is excited to help it pursue its goal of helping people better understand wilderness ecology by developing relationships with professional researchers and opportunities for citizen scientists too. Register Here.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Upcoming ABWF Stewardship Opportunities, April 21

So you want to volunteer and do something that will benefit the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness? Here’s how! Patrick and Ben from ABWF will discuss upcoming stewardship opportunities, ranging from traditional trail work projects working side by side with US Forest Service crews, to expanding our Trail Ambassadors program (important now more than ever with the growing number of wilderness visitors), to our new project helping the US Forest Service collect essential information on how folks are using trails and campsites. We also want to hear from you about what projects you want to participate in (or even lead!)

Patrick Cross is the Executive Director, and Ben Daley is the Program Director, of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation. They have been busy this winter talking with ABWF members and partners to develop a range of volunteer opportunities, continuing our popular programs and launching new ones for an even wider range of volunteers to get involved in wilderness stewardship.Register Here.