Presenter: Whitney Tilt

Date: Sunday, Oct. 2


Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn

Southwest Montana is blessed with abundant wildlands where we enjoy unparalleled access to public lands. But what do we do with this opportunity? Our wildlands are definitely places for physical exercise. For many of us, they are also places for “land snorkeling,” a conscious method of exercising our curiosity about the natural world. Our flora has much to say about the soils, climate, and history of use of our big backyard. Whitney Tilt will lead us in examining a variety of common plants and their habitats throughout the seasons. We’ll investigate their niches and how they link to other plants and animals, as well as their relationship to humans. Finally, we’ll discuss the possible future of these plants under a number of potential scenarios – and talk about why their future matters.

Presenter Bio: Whitney Tilt is author of Flora of the Yellowstone. He also serves as Director, Land & Wildlife Conservation for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and is co-founder of High Country Apps LLC, developing interactive field guides for smart phones and tablets. Throughout his career Tilt has focused on conservation, working on a wide range of natural resource issues such as Colorado River water allocations, black-footed ferret recovery, Asian tiger conservation, and evaluation of federal fisheries programs. He has also worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute, and National Audubon Society.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust