Presenter: Whitney Tilt

Date: Sunday, Oct. 2

  NOTE: DAY AND TIME ARE DIFFERENT FROM USUAL TIME!

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn

Southwest Montana is blessed with abundant wildlands where we enjoy unparalleled access to public lands. But what do we do with this opportunity? Our wildlands are definitely places for physical exercise. For many of us, they are also places for “land snorkeling,” a conscious method of exercising our curiosity about the natural world. Our flora has much to say about the soils, climate, and history of use of our big backyard. Whitney Tilt will lead us in examining a variety of common plants and their habitats throughout the seasons. We’ll investigate their niches and how they link to other plants and animals, as well as their relationship to humans. Finally, we’ll discuss the possible future of these plants under a number of potential scenarios – and talk about why their future matters.

Presenter Bio: Whitney Tilt is author of Flora of the Yellowstone. He also serves as Director, Land & Wildlife Conservation for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and is co-founder of High Country Apps LLC, developing interactive field guides for smart phones and tablets. Throughout his career Tilt has focused on conservation, working on a wide range of natural resource issues such as Colorado River water allocations, black-footed ferret recovery, Asian tiger conservation, and evaluation of federal fisheries programs. He has also worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute, and National Audubon Society.

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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