The Women in Conservation Leadership Summit has been postponed to October 13-16, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak around the world, the 3rd Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) Summit has been postponed to a later date. We will contact attendees with details and post any updates on the rescheduled event here as soon as possible.

The National Wildlife Federation is proud to announce the third Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) Summit which will take place on March 16-19, 2020 on ancestral Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone and Ute Tribal Nation lands at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, ColoradoClick to download the draft Summit Agenda.

Women in Conservation Leadership is a diverse, inclusive, national community and a catalyst to elevate and embolden all women in advancing conservation. We believe in building stronger conservation through empowered women of all ethnicities, races and cultures and the 2020 WCL Summit is an opportunity to put these ideas into practice.

The 2020 WCL Summit will include trainings, hands on skill building, networking and resources for all women in conservation – from students to those who have been doing this work for decades, and everyone in between. This year’s theme is Weaving Change: Connecting Women for Action.  Started four years ago by a group of dedicated individuals, WCL has grown to be a dynamic network and community of diverse women who are committed to leading change in conservation. We see the WCL network like a tapestry – made of individual threads. Each thread is unique and intrinsically important. When woven together the threads create a larger tapestry, providing durability, utility and beauty. Through the Summit, we continue to connect women and weave a larger network for change and impact. A draft Summit agenda can be found here.

Registration is now open. The general registration fee is $375 attendees and $150 for employees from smaller organizations or individuals who cannot afford to cover the regular fee. Current students are also eligible for the lower fee of $150.

**Please note – content will begin in the evening on March 16th and end at noon on March 19th.**


Each participant is responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Rooms at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort are $149 per night plus taxes and fees. To make your hotel reservation please follow this link or call the hotel at 1-800-588-0250 and ask for the National Wildlife Federation – Women in Conservation Leadership Summit room block.  If you are interested in having a roommate to defray costs please note that in your registration form and we will reach out to you. If you already have a roommate, you can add their name when you register for your room.

If you are interested in volunteering or getting more involved with the program, please contact WCL co-founder Elizabeth Lillard.

In this space, the term “women” stands for women, femme/feminine-identifying, genderqueer and non-binary individuals who have historically been excluded from the environmental space.