Presenter: Brian Suderman

Date: Monday, Sept. 19th

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, one of this country’s best loved government agencies. Most Montana residents are very familiar with the NPS, with six units all or partly in Montana, including world famous Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Join us as we explore and celebrate the history and meaning of the National Park Service with the overseer of interpretive/educational operations for the north half of Yellowstone National Park.

Presenter Bio:  Brian Suderman is a Supervisory Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park. As North District Resource Education Ranger, he oversees the visitors centers and interpretive/educational operations in the north half of the park. From an early age, he dreamed of working as a park ranger. Besides Yellowstone, he has worked at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Glacier Bay National Park. Brian is married to the park’s exhibit specialist.

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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 January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust