Grassroots Advocacy Conference

In a polarizing political climate, it is important to remember that the world is not just about us versus them, but also how we can live together. That is the message of the annual Grassroots Advocacy Conference.

The 2017 Grassroots Advocacy Conference is scheduled for November 9-12 at the Clair Tappaan Lodge in Donner Sommit, CA. For those three days, grassroots advocates from across the country will be meeting and discussing ways that they can continue to impact their communities and make the outdoor and public spaces better places for all.


Grassroots advocates from across the country will be meeting at several sessions during the three day conference. This year’s sessions reflect the burning questions for many advocates in the Trump era, including protecting public lands from corporate intrusion and climate change alike.

Conference attendees can join in on any of the following.

  • Stakeholder Collaborative Training
  • Advocacy in the Trump Era
  • Winter Travel Planning Updates and Engagement
  • Forest Planning and Sustainable Recreation
  • Organizing for Local Climate Action
  • Public Lands Stewardship
  • Engaging the Next Generation of Stewards and Advocates
  • Citizen Science
  • Non-profit Outreach and Communications
  • Leveraging Outdoor Brands for Local Action
  • Leveraging Outdoor Brands for Local Action
  • SnowSchool Instructor Training

2017 Highlights

Jeremy Jones will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. The professional snowboarder and CEO of Save Our Winters has been snowboarding professionally for over 18 years and is considered one of the best big mountain snowboarders in the world. He has been honored both for his achievements as a snowboarder and also for his advocacy work mobilizing his fellow winter sports enthusiasts against climate change. He was named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama and the 2013 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year.”

In addition to the panels, attendees will also be able to enjoy networking, presentations, live music, and workshops. The conference entry fee covers all meals from dinner on Thursday through Sunday breakfast and dorm-style lodging for the nights of the conference.


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