Date: Monday, April 30

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Fungi play large, often unrecognized roles in nature and in shaping past and present civilizations. Their “work” in the world has both historical and practical significance. They are, at once, decayers, pathogens of plants and animals, symbionts, food, and sources of antibiotics and mind-altering chemicals. In this presentation, you will hear the multifaceted tales of fungi, with a special emphasis on those found here in the Rocky Mountains and featured in the presenter’s latest book.

Presenter: Cathy Cripps

CrippsCathy Cripps is a mycologist at MSU where she teaches several courses on mushrooms and fungi. Research trips to study Arctic and alpine fungi have taken her to Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, and Finland. Cathy also works on the restoration of whitebark pine using native fungi. With over 40 years of collecting mushrooms in the Rocky Mountains, her love and enthusiasm for the region’s fungal creatures runs deep. She is author of numerous journal articles and several books, including the most recent— Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms by Habitat.


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 January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust