Presenter: Robin Patten

Date: Monday, Oct. 31st

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

Location: Holiday Inn

New Zealand’s natural world evolved in near-isolation over millions of years, resulting in a unique ecosystem dominated by birds and home to ancient species from carnivorous snails to giant insects. New Zealand was also the last major landmass to be inhabited by humans. With Māori ancestors’ arrival in the 13th century and later European colonization, the country’s environment went through dramatic transformation, with impacts that exemplify many of the global environmental issues of today. The survival of many native species now rests on extreme conservation measures, such as aerial poison drops across wildlands. Through historical and ecological narratives along with her own New Zealand experiences, Robin Patten will share the beauty, diversity and fascinating environmental story of New Zealand.

Presenter Bio:  Robin Patten is a naturalist and writer working from her home on the edge of Yellowstone Park. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology, with further graduate studies in environmental history and cultural geography. Patten was in New Zealand in spring, 2015, trekking and volunteering as a Department of Conservation hiking-hut warden.


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