The IPWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 100% volunteer corporation founded in 1985, with no paid staff and is managed by an elected board of directors and officers, coming from volunteers, members and members of the public.

Our Articles of Incorporation:

Our organization, originally known as the “Indian Peaks Working Group”, was incorporated to provide the following services:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues regarding the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

  • Provide a volunteer clearinghouse to work with the USFS to coordinate, train, and supervise volunteers working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area,

  • Provide a forum for information exchange among the USFS, local government, and interested citizens,

  • Assist in developing a process for identifying and solving problems for the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area,

  • Establish an ongoing public education program regarding the Indian Peaks Area, its ecology, its popularity, and techniques to minimize the impact on it, and

  • To undertake, sponsor, encourage and publish research on the natural sciences and management problems of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and adjacent areas.

2021 Board of Directors


Chairman - Kelly Prendergast 

Vice Chairman - Andy Gup (Winter Patrol Lead)

Treasurer - Fiona Garvin

Secretary - Emily Herrington 

At-Large Board Members: 

Quartermaster - CJ Gup

Communications  & Marketing Lead - Reghan Gillman

Research, Education & Advocacy Lead - Daryl Ogden

Training Coordinator & Summer Patrol Lead - Faith Overall

Volunteer & Member Services Coordinator - Alexa Carrollo

Webmaster - Yonah Cohen

Supporting and Committee Members (Non-Board):

Accountant - Mary Durham

Mentoring Coordinator - Leslie Brodhead

Trail Projects Coordinator - Bryon Lawrence

Intern Coordinator - Rex and Barba Hickman

Advisory Group - Stuart Dodd, Matt Peck, Jan Robertson

Research Grant Committee - Eric Durham

Available Positions (Board and Non-Board Options):

Legal Services - Open

Trailhead Host Coordinator - Open

Fundraising Lead - Open

Committee Members (Trail/Tree Projects, Research, Training, Fundraising, Events, Outreach, etc.) - Open

Questions or comments? Contact us!

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