Paddle On! The First Woman to Solo Paddle North America’s Longest River is Coming to the Friends’ Rendezvous.

Question: What do the Secretary of Interior, bluegrass jam musicians, and the first woman to solo-kayak the entire length of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers all have in common?  Answer: They have been invited to the 6th annual Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous, coming up October 25-27 in Bend, Oregon. And … read more


Friends Rendezvous Hits its Sixth Year – Oct. 25-27, 2013

Our sixth annual Friends Rendezvous will be held October 25-27, 2013 at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. Mark your calendars! Together we go beyond raising awareness around conservation to leading it. The Friends Rendezvous is the only gathering that brings … read more


Stewardship Project: an important component of the Friends Rendezvous

Back-to-back workshops, productive conversations and air-conditioned conference rooms are all good. But by the last day of the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA, people were more than happy to take those conversations outside and move some muscle. The occasion was a stewardship project, organized by local hosts Friends … read more


One-minute success stories from the Friends Rendezvous

One of our favorite moments at the recent Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA actually consisted of several moments—when individual people stood up and told stories about their organization’s recent conservation successes, in one minute or less. Some of them were funny, poignant, even raucous. All were inspiring. They were … read more


Rendezvous Slides: Lizard Brains and the BLM

Yes, the two go together- as the two most requested for sharing slide presentations from the 2011 Friends Rendezvous. Much appreciation to the Bureau of Land Management and Asking Matters for permission to post both of these presentations. Enjoy… Bureau of Land Management, National Landscape Conservation System, 15-Year Strategy: 2010-2025. … read more


Jeff Long and Terri Robertson, Friends of Gold Butte

Fresh back from the 2011 Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, we have number of videos, photos and blog posts to share with you from the event. First up? Some reflections from Jeff Long and Terri Robertson of Friends of Sloan Canyon and Friends of Gold Butte on the conservation lands … read more


Rendezvous report, great places, great people

The following is a guest post from Tom Reeve, Islanders for the San Juan Islands National Conservation Area. As Pat Williams said, Ed Zahniser’s talk last night on the huge impact that can be made by “the power of one” was an inspiring tour of many of the wonderful parts … read more


Aftermath and reflections: Welcome Dinner at the Fourth Annual Friends Rendezvous

The following is a guest blog post from Pat Williams, Friends of Red Rock Canyon Heard a wonderful presentation from Jim Kenna, California State Director for the BLM, on the importance of partnerships and the intrinsic value of Friends groups. Very much appreciated and such a delight to hear. Ed … read more


Checking at the Friends Rendezous

The following is a guest blog post from Pat Williams, Friends of Red Rock Canyon. 2 PM – Just checked in for my fourth Friends Rendezvous in Indian Wells, CA. Chuck and I drove over this morning from Las Vegas and, after a relaxing 5 hour drive, we arrived at … read more


Get help with “the ask” at the Rendezvous with Andrea Kihlstedt

Want to unleash your inner asker to help your stewardship of conservation lands? Join us at the 2011 Rendezvous where author, speaker and creative thinker, Andrea Kihlstedt will introduce you to Lizard Brain and Lion Heart, the internal characters at the root of most asking anxiety. She’ll tell you about a … read more