Wilburforce Leadership Retreat

Rafting the Main Fork of the Salmon River

Please join us for an invitation-only trip down the Main Fork of the Salmon River in the heart of the central Idaho Wilderness on September 4-9, 2024!

Over this six-day program, participants will raft from Corn Creek to Carey Creek through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, with stops for hiking, exploring the river canyon, and learning from Shoshone-Bannock tribal members about the cultural, human, and natural history of the region. In addition, participants will build upon the foundation laid by the fall 2023 Wilburforce Leaders retreat in Tacoma, Washington, and will continue to strengthen connections both personal and professional in order to grow the next generation of conservation leaders and build skills needed for change-making work in the conservation science field.

The river trip will be facilitated by Wilburforce Leader Brian Chaffin and Hughes River Expeditions, with support from COMPASS staff, including Meg Nakahara, Bob Crimian, and Alex Griffith. We can’t wait for September, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

September 4-9, 2024
Missoula, Montana
(plan on arriving no later than Tuesday, September 3 and leaving no earlier than Tuesday, September 10)


Since 1999, COMPASS has supported over 10,000 scientists to communicate about their work and engage beyond lab and field. We’ve connected them with journalists, policymakers, community leaders, and beyond, when and where it matters, ensuring science has a seat at the table. COMPASS pairs fundamental skill building with strategies and connections to drive impact. Working with us, you’ll gain communication tools you can use right away and the confidence to speak about your work.