Dates: Tuesdays; Sept. 12–Oct. 3

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

Location: Hope Lutheran  Church

How has Yellowstone National Park survived as a national treasure that can be enjoyed by the public, yet retain its wildness? Success at striking the balance depends on the National Park Service’s management strategies. We will consider how Park management changed as scientific knowledge increased, demand for access grew, and competition for government funding intensified. We begin with Yellowstone’s early management by the Army. Next, we will view Park leaders who tackled three major problems: feeding bears, eliminating predators, and extinguishing fires. We will examine emerging threats to Yellowstone and other “romance lands” and conclude by exploring conservation efforts including those by Yellowstone Forever and American Prairie Reserve.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: to be determined

BadenInstructor: Lifelong conservationist John Baden earned his PhD in economic anthropology from Indiana University. He held a NSF post-doc in environmental  economics and policy in 1970 and then came to MSU. Author and editor of a dozen books on environmental policy, he co-founded the approach known as New Resource Economics. He and his wife, Professor Emeritus Ramona Marotz-Baden, placed their ranch in a conservation  easement with GVLT. It is agriculturally productive and a haven for fish and wildlife.


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