MSU Wonderlust is a member-run organization offering lifelong learning opportunities for inquiring adults. There are no “requirements”. No grades. No papers. Wonderlust is simply learning for the sake of learning.

Benefits of Membership
Membership is $35 per person annually and includes:

• reduced tuition for courses

• free member-only Side Trips: lectures and field trips

• one pass each semester to bring a guest to a Side Trip event

• invitations to Special Events

• Friday Forum notifications


Wonderlust Offerings
Wonderlust offers two types of learning adventures. Full-length courses that meet for two hours every week for typically 4-6 weeks. And, "Side Trips" what meet only once and may be anything from a lecture to an all-day field trip. During each semester, we also offer a variety of other learning opportunities such as writing workshops and book discussion groups.

Our courses are usually lecture format but with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Book groups and writing workshops have a leader but are primarily member interactive discussions.

Go to the MSU Wonderlust website at: www.montana.edu/wonderlust

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust