Forests  WoodsInstructor: Steve Clark
Dates: Tuesdays; Sept. 15 to Oct. 6
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hope Lutheran Church
Course Info:  An overview of the people, policies, and programs that have shaped much of our forested landscapes in the West. We will discuss some of the land classification and project implementation techniques used to enhance habitat diversity, resiliency and provide a sustainable flow of consumer products. We’ll look at the history of professional forestland management in the US, how projects are analyzed through the NEPA process and implemented on the ground, some of the controversial issues, and some basic biological/ botanical concepts that folks can use in their recreational pursuits.
A field trip to a completed project on nearby Forest Service and private land will expand on classroom discussions.
Class Format: Lecture and field trip

Readings: None required

Instructor Info:

Steve ClarkSteve Clark is a retired Forest Service Timber Management Forester with a BS in Forest Management from the University of Montana. Growing up in Michigan with an outdoor-oriented grandfather, he developed an affinity for wildlife, remote places, and that innate feeling special to forest landscapes. For 35 years Steve was involved with the planning, analysis, and implementation of many land management projects on the Lolo and Gallatin National Forests including the Mt. Bushnell project at Thompson Falls and the recently completed Big Sky Land Exchange on the Gallatin NF.

Cost: $50 - member; $85 - nonmember


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