PO Box 6582, Portland OR 97228 info@rewildportland.com 503.863.8462

Annual North American Rewilding Conference

“The best time to plant an oak tree was 30 years ago. But the second best time is today.”

The annual North American Rewilding Conference is a social networking opportunity as well as a think tank of some of the nation’s most inspiring rewilders and rewilding projects. It is a marriage of conservation rewilding and human rewilding as a social and environmental movement away from civilization and the restoration of the wild and the human place therein. Here you will find individuals and grassroots organizations collaborating on a range of rewilding related fields including ancestral technology, wildlands restoration, ethnobiology, reintroduction of species, traditional ecological knowledge, and much more.

Date: October 2017 20th – 22nd

Location: Portland, OR

Theme: “Restoration to what?”

We talk a lot about “restoration” but what are we trying to restore to? What are our actual goals? A certain time in history? A specific ecotone from a specific era? If the world has changed (with elements like the introduction of invasive species and climate change), what do we mean by restoration? What does it look like? What exactly are we restoring? This theme was inspired by the advanced permaculture course titled Social Forestry with Hazel (Tom Ward) at Siskiyou Permaculture.

Friday Evening Keynote


Friday evening will have a keynote speaker TBA

Saturday Conference


Twelve 5 minute presentations of rewilding work/projects/ideas/strategies from twelve individuals. 

Each 5 minute talk will focus on these three points:

  • What is/was the problem?
  • What is the Project and how does it solve the problem?
  • How can people participate in the project?


Do you have an idea for a talk? Do you have a passion for one of the elements of rewilding that you just can’t keep to yourself? Are you part of an organization doing amazing rewilding work? To propose a talk FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION

Late Morning 

Social Networking Hour/Framework

Speed-dating style with name tags/descriptions of participants.

Lunch Break

One hour lunch break.


The afternoon consists of using Open Space Technology to problem solve an issue in Rewilding. Open Space Technology is a hierarchical, organic social networking tool, best used to solve a specific problem. We will spend the afternoon working through an current issue in the rewilding movement, and related to the theme of “Restoration to What?”

Sunday Restoration Projects


The Sunday portion of the conference will consist of restoration projects happening in and near the Portland area. Emphasis will be put on projects that connect people to nature through utilization beyond standard recreation (i.e. projects that include wild food gardens). Our objective is to bring humans and the “wild” back together. Standard restoration projects (such as the removal of invasive plants) are welcome but our emphasis is on local systems of tending the wild. For the 2017 year we will be soliciting partners internally. In future years we will be accepting proposals.

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