Thinker Resources

Welcome Wilderness Thinkers! We’re glad you’re here!

If you’ve got something to say, sing, write, or create about Wilderness, you’ve come to the right place. We would love to add your voice, story or creation to our growing Wilderness archive!

To become a Wilderness Thinker, please register here.

Instructions for Becoming a Wilderness Thinker:

1. Register to become a Wilderness Thinker. (Individual thinkers as well as collaborations are accepted!)
Soon after, you’ll receive a confirmation email inviting you to submit your work.

2. Please submit your work by email to or call 575-586-2362.
If you need to share your work via a file-sharing service like DropBox due to file size, that’s fine too. Please just share with the email address above and we’ll download your submission.

Your work must be received by February 1, 2015 for it to be considered for the spring line-up of “Featured Thinkers in Residence” for 2015. If this date does not work for you, please contact us and we can negotiate another option.

3. We encourage all mediums and approaches. However, work submitted must follow these guidelines:
It must relate to Wilderness. (For inspiration and guidance see questions below.)
It must be able to be represented online by text, images, video, or sound files. (We can post links to other sites too.)
Accepted file formats are:
Text: Word docs, pdf files or copied into the body of an email.
Images: Jpeg files, 500 KB to 2 MB in size. (We will resize for web use.)
Video: Quicktime or Mpeg4 files; link to Youtube or Vimeo
Sound: High Quality Mp3 files (192 kbps or higher) or link to Soundcloud

4. Along with your work, please submit:
A brief description about your work, from one sentence to 250 words.
150-words (or less) bio about yourself
A photo of you or something that represents you
Your website or preferred public contact (optional)

Download these instructions as a pdf HERE.

Please contact us with any questions: or 575-586-2362

Some questions to consider in your thinking process:

  • What is your personal experience with Wilderness?
  • What relationship do you have with Wilderness?
  • What does Wilderness mean to you?
  • How has it impacted your life?
  • What is your experience of Wilderness?
  • Does Wilderness relate to your profession in some way?
  • What purposes does Wilderness Designation serve?
  • What is the difference between “wild” and “Wilderness”?
  • What is the future of Wilderness?
  • What does Wilderness mean in the 21st Century?
  • How will Wilderness look in 50 years?
  • What is Wilderness like in the Unites States vs. other countries?
  • How does the poetry of Wilderness read?
  • What does the art of Wilderness look like?
  • What does the music of Wilderness sound like?

Online Resources
Wikipedia on Wilderness.
Wikipedia on The Wilderness Act, USA. is a comprehensive, interactive resource for wilderness managers, visitors, educators, scientists, academics, advocates and political figures.
The official National Wilderness 50th Anniversary website.
Website of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
Website of the Wilderness Society.

Wilderness Quotes

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
– Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”
– Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac with Other Essays on Conservation from Round River

“There seems to be no way to save wildness from human intrusion without establishing and enforcing rules and regulations that are themselves intrusions on what, by definition, are meant to be areas outside humanity’s control.”
– Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information