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 PMA-B ScientistsScience in the A-BRegister
April 21, 6 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

With an overwhelming amount of information at our fingertips, Public Lands can still be difficult to access, especially when we are in unfamiliar territory or looking for a new spot in our backyard. 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 excursion, 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.

Science in the A-B, March 24

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation is thrilled to welcome four scientists currently working in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to our Science in the A-B webinar starting at 6 p.m. MDST on Wednesday, March 24. Our guests, representing a range of scientific fields and research entities, will discuss their work and what it means for wilderness conservation.

Montana State University PhD student Simone Durney will talk about her research studying an alpine butterfly species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the flower species it uses for food and habitat, and how climate change is affecting this relationship.

Spatial ecologist Tyler Creech at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation will present a recent study he co-authored assessing wildlife habitat connectivity in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest, and how its findings can benefit informed decision-making in ongoing Forest Plan Revisions.

Fisheries Biologist Carol Endicott will discuss Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ efforts to conserve Yellowstone cutthroat trout in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and how the wilderness’ alpine waters may serve as a refuge for the cold water fish as climate change warms the rest of its habitat.

Professor Jacki Klancher from Central Wyoming College will update us on the ABWF-sponsored Glacier Monitoring Project, describing the challenges of collecting data from such a remote and dangerous environment as melting glaciers in the heart of the Beartooths, and why that information is worth the effort.

Following the individual presentations, we will host a panel discussion to talk about unexpected findings during their research, pressing conservation questions that need to be addressed, and ways that everyday folks can get more involved in science. We will then take questions from the audience. We hope you can join us and our esteemed guests at 6 p.m. MDST on Wednesday, March 24, but if not, you will be able to watch a recording of the event archived on our website. 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.

Winter Webinar 2021 Recordings

Trip Visioning and Planning Using Free, Online Resources (Recorded Webinar 2-17-2021)

Science in the A-B (Recorded Webinar 3-24-2021)

Upcoming Stewardship Opportunities (Recorded Webinar 4-21-2021)