Instructor: Gretchen Rupp

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 13th  to Oct. 18th

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

The course will use current questions and concerns as springboards to examine the major issues surrounding Earth’s most precious resource, at scales from the highly-local to the global. Where does my water come from, and how can I be confident of its quality? What went wrong in Flint, Michigan? Who has permits to pollute water, and how? How is it decided who gets to use water, when and where? How is water priced? Are there markets for water? Where can we realize benefits from water conservation? Globally - are there water wars? Are we running out of water? We’ll delve into these urgent questions, and many others.

Class Format: lecture & discussion

Readings (recommended): Unquenchable by Robert Glennon

Instructor Bio: Gretchen Rupp has been a licensed environmental engineer for 30+ years. She has worked in marine biology, consulting engineering, and education. She’s served at MSU since 1994, as an extension educator, instructor, and research administrator (Director, Montana Water Center, 2000-2012). In 2012-2013, she chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for the development of Bozeman’s Integrated Water Resource Plan.



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