WaterPresenter: Laura S. Ziemer

Dates: Monday, Oct. 26

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: The planet’s seventh-largest economy is soul searching. Is there a natural limit to stratospheric economic growth? Is California running out of water? Will California’s 7.12 billion dollar bond be enough to finance its way out of water scarcity? In “Fight for the Waterhole,” we will look at climatic trends that are calling into question water security for many parts of the world. Coming closer to home, we will look at what California’s water woes have to teach the rest of us about sustainable water use. We will conclude by examining how Montana is creating a forward-looking path to water security.

Instructor Bio:
Laura ZiemarLaura Ziemer initiated Trout Unlimited’s (TU’s) water efforts by establishing the Montana Water Project office in 1998. She has helped grow TU’s water work to eight states (MT, CO, WY, ID, UT, NM, and CA) to restore and maintain stream flows for healthy cold-water fisheries. She currently serves as TU’s Senior Counsel and Water Policy Advisor. A lawyer specializing in water law, Laura’s work also draws on her education and experience in resource ecology and natural resources.

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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