Annual Fall Retreat

 Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake Lodge, Moran, WY
September 25-28, 2016 

Registration is now open!

Against the stunning landscape of the Grand Tetons, the 2016 EGA Fall Retreat in Wyoming will bridge biodiversity and diversity through a variety of lenses and viewpoints. Our setting will be the West - a remarkable collection of people and places, and this country’s fastest growing region. Among its rainforests and deserts, glaciers and beaches, one can find the full spectrum of big-ticket environmental issues playing out.

A worthy question is whether the future of protecting large landscapes – land, rivers, and biodiversity – demands putting people more at the heart of the matter. Only three percent of the West lives in rural areas, but that three percent is spread across 75 percent of the land area. They are a crucial collection of voices, histories, and cultures to consider with respect to recovering endangered species, protecting wilderness, and maintaining healthy rivers. Perhaps the path to an increasing conservation estate entails an effort to recast ourselves as champions of people as well as places. We can learn from each other’s experiences to help explore these questions.

The National Park Service will be our host as they celebrate their centennial—a special time in a historic landmark. To honor this history and look ahead, EGA's Program Committee has crafted a challenging program full of reflection and forward-thinking analysis.

Additionally, we are partnering with the Blue Sky Funders Forum to further focus on innovative strategies for connecting people and nature to build support of environmental issues. In addition to the Sunday “Day of Stewardship” that Blue Sky is sponsoring together with Grand Teton National Park to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, the Wednesday Retreat agenda features a program that will include topics like cultural relevancy, youth leadership, and new partnerships with the private and public sectors. We invite you to stay on through the end of the day on Wednesday, September 28th, to learn and strategize about how to connect people and nature for the next 100 years.

As the retreat approaches, the list of inspiring environmental activists and leaders that have signed on to speak to our community grows longer every day. Clockwise from top right, confirmed speakers include Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Destiny Watford, Executive Director of the Schmidt Family Foundation Joe Sciortino, Executive Director of the US Climate Action Network Keya Chatterjee, and Serge Rajaobelina, the Executive Director of Fanamby in Madagascar. For a growing list of speaker biographies, check here

EGA’s flagship event, the Fall Retreat, is a gathering of hundreds of grantmakers representing a broad spectrum of the environmental philanthropic community. The Retreat facilitates learning about issues, collaborating on projects, connecting with new and existing partners, and reinvigorating sense of purpose by engaging internationally and nationally recognized leaders, peers, and local voices.

Pura Vida offers extensive outdoor learning for local Latino youth in Grand Teton National Park.



Agenda Highlights

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pre-Retreat Overnight Field Trips

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Pre-Retreat Field Trips (some trip times will vary).
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Newcomers / EGA Board Alumni Reception
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Opening Reception and Dinner

Monday, September 26, 2016

9:00 – 9:35 am: Opening Performance & Welcome
9:35 – 10:00 am: Sense of Place
10:00 – 10:25 am: Featured Speaker
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Featured Speaker
1:45 – 3:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions
3:20 – 4:30 pm: Flash Talk
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Tracking the Field
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Themed Dinners

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

7:30 – 8:30 am: Funder-Only Ad Hoc Breakfast Conversations
8:45 – 9:15 am: Performance, Welcome & Memorial
9:15 – 9:45 am: Featured Speaker
9:45 – 10:45 am: Plenary
10:45 – 11:20 am: Flash Talk
11:20 am – 12:35 pm: EGA Town Hall
12:45 – 2:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions
2:30 – 6:00 pm: Field Excursions
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Trustee Dinner
8:30 – 11:00 pm: Dance Party

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9:00 – 9:20 am: Performance & Reflections
9:20 – 10:20 am: Plenary
10:30 – 11:00 am: Featured Speaker
11:00 am – 5:30 pm: Blue Sky Funders Forum

A detailed agenda can be found here, and field trip and excursion descriptions here.

Lodging is very limited. We recommend that you register and book your stay at Jackson Lake Lodge today. 

For more information, please feel free to contact us at (212) 812-4310 or 

We look forward to seeing you in Wyoming!