Perhaps the best way to understand the West is to live it. That's the guiding philosophy behind the "Our West: Loving the Land" conference hosted by Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, June 19-25. Conference participants will live on a ranch and explore the Wind River Mountains with local environmentalists. There will also be talks by University of Colorado law professor Charles Wilkinson and Wyoming writer Teresa Jordan, who will explore conflicts between the ranching culture of the West and an emerging land ethic. Registration is $285, and includes meals, lodging and transportation to field events; college credit is available. For more information contact Marcia Hensley at Western Wyoming Community College, P.O. Box 428, Rock Springs, WY 82902-0428 (307/382-1725).