Presenter: roger A. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Date: Monday, nov. 17
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Aspen Pointe

wildernessAfter decades of work by conservationists around the country, the Wilderness Act was signed into law in early september 1964, following
overwhelming bi-partisan support in the senate and house. The Act established procedures and criteria “big W” Wilderness “locks it up” so that people can not use it, a common misconception. how the Act came about, what sort of constraints Wilderness designation imposes on a landscape, the current status of designated Wilderness in Montana and the u.s. as a whole will be discussed, along with some of the author’s experiences in the many conservation battles with which he has been involved.

Roger Jenkins is a retired scientist from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in East Tennessee. He has acted as an advisor to government agencies in the U.S. and Canada in the general area of aerosol chemistry and exposure and field analytical chemistry, and as an expert witness in several high profile litigations. He has also been active in conservation groups for nearly 40 years, and is the former chairman of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club. He currently is the president of the Madison-Gallatin Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association. An avid hiker and backpacker
(with over 290 backpacking trips to his credit), he, along with his wife, runs the website,


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   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust