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Horticulture and Natural Resources

George Wright Society Tallgrass Chapter

Mission Statement

The George Wright Society promotes protected area stewardship by bringing practitioners together to share their expertise.

Student Chapter Mission Statement

Student chapters bring together like-minded students through the mentorship of professionals and educators on college campuses

Who Should Come

  • Anyone interested in natural resources

Why You Should Come

  • Trips to national parks
  • Internship & Service project opportunities
  • Access to GWS online magazine
  • Student discounts to GWS international conference


  • Native participant travel grant program Park Break
  • Network & connect with professionals/mentors
  • Research & graduate school opportunities

PMC Students Attend Park Management Leadership Summit

Park Management and Conservation graduate and undergraduate students, represented Kansas State University at the inaugural George Wright Society Student Summit at Glacier National Park in July. The George Wright Society promotes protected-area stewardship and is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and management of cultural and natural parks and reserves through research and education.Six student chapters were established last year at universities across the country.

Students from each of the established chapters convened in Montana with the purpose of discussing innovative ideas about current park issues from the young professionals' perspective. Twenty-one students divided into five groups to focus on the following national parks issues: Visitor use management, keeping parks wild, core park values, park boundaries, and the park agency's resiliency. Throughout the summit, conversations were passionate, continuous, and thought-provoking; a summary of each group's discussion will be published in the near future.

Over four days' exploration of the sublime landscape, we hiked more than twenty miles of trails that culminated on the continental divide, where glaciers stared back at us. We observed bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, grizzly bears, among other wildlife in their natural habitat. Evenings were spent building relationships along the lakeshore while skipping rocks, fishing, and making s'mores around the bonfire.

"The Student Summit was so much more than I thought it was going be. The friendly and inviting atmosphere of the students was only surpassed by the magnificence of the surrounding landscape. It was truly one of the best experiences I have been a part of." Kelly

"Words like beautiful and breathtaking don't come anywhere close to doing this wild, mountainous land justice, nor can a frame capture the profound awareness and humility of the expanse. The amiable and relaxed atmosphere of the students, and the unforgettable adventures shared, made the Student Summit an intrinsically and extrinsically rewarding experience." Mechels

For more information contact Dr. Ryan Sharp at ryansharp@ksu.edu.


President: Kristin Vinduska
Vice President: Joseph Ward
Secretary: Aaron Stewart
Treasurer: Paige Harman
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Contact Us

Dr. Ryan Sharp
Associate Professor
Ph: +1-785-532-1665

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