Cary Woodruff class










Instructor: Cary Woodruff

Dates: Wednesdays; Feb 17th to April 13th (no class on March 23rd)

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Course Info: Dinosaurs are star attractions in museums all over the world. The fascination with these prehistoric behemoths allows them to serve as wonderful ambassadors and a gateway to science. This class will focus on the scientific discipline behind these captivating and awe inspiring monsters. Through weekly meetings we will explore the science behind each group of dinosaurs, their anatomy, how they lived, took care of their young and died. We will also look at collection techniques and the methods of professional paleontologist.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.


Instructor Bio: Cary Woodruff received his BSc and MSC in Earth Sciences at MSU. He specializes in sauropod dinosaur biomechanics and growth. Cary’s work on sauropod growth is pioneering the way we understand the life histories of these gigantic animals. Currently Cary is an adjunct instructor of Paleontology in the Dept. of Earth Sciences at MSU.

Cost: $100.00 - member; $135 - 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