The Gila became one of the original areas included in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 with the passage of the Wilderness Act - signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. Visitors to the Gila Wild exhibit will explore the passage of these events, the land, the people, places and things that have ventured in and out of our neighboring wilderness areas. The exhibit will also have engaging hands - on discovery stations with activities for children and adults outlining the Leave No Trace
principles. The seven principles provide a framework that helps public land visitors understand and practice their own minimum impact ethic, regardless of whether they are on a day hike, or a month - long mountaineering expedition
The exhibit will remain on view through January 4, 2015
. Throughout the year, guest speakers, community organizations, and even a mule or two will be providing a schedule of lectures and family fun activities as we celebrate the Gila Wild. A special birth day for Smokey Bear is being planned, too.
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Historic Districts Interpretive window exhibits are on display facing the Courtyard.Each of the four districts
has a map, with corresponding information about the history and architecture of the district.The maps
interpret the unique buildings and history of Silver City, and the importance of historic preservation.Walking tours
of three historic districts include:
- Historic Business District,
- La Capilla,
- Gospel Hill.
Each tour includes maps, illustrations, and histories of specific buildings in the tour area. These materials are currently available for free, while supplies last, at the Silver City Museum and the Murray Ryan Visitor Center.