MSU’s Wonderlust kicks off new lecture series

MSU’s Wonderlust: Lifelong Learning program is kicking off a new lecture series, “Yellowstone Wildlife: An Ecological Exploration.” The series started on Jan. 23 and will continue every Tuesday until Feb. 27 at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, located at 2152 Graf St.

The six-week class series will focus on large mammals in Yellowstone National Park, beginning with a geographical overview and examining how humans have interacted with these mammals dating back to prehistoric times. Myths and archaeological artifacts from prehistoric time periods will be used to examine these interactions. This series is one of eight total beginning this semester. There are eight classes each fall and each winter.

MSU Professor Harold Picton, Ph.D. is the instructor of this series as an expert on the ecology of Yellowstone. Picton was a professor of wildlife management at MSU, has a Ph.D. in physiology from Northwestern University and has authored several books on wildlife, including “Montana’s Wildlife Legacy: Decimation to Restoration.” He has also taught at the Yellowstone Institute at Yellowstone National Park for several years.

Wonderlust is a part of MSU’s extended campus and is open to all members of the Bozeman community, emphasizing learning and exploring new concepts without tests or homework. This program also offers book clubs, workshops, special events and a monthly “Friday Forum.” Sally Maison, a retired psychologist, founded Wonderlust 15 years ago and the course was added officially to MSU’s extended campus last fall. To Maison, Wonderlust has enhanced the Bozeman community because “the aging population is growing, and they all want to learn and continue to learn.”

There are still openings for the Yellowstone series with a fee of $110 or enrollment in the Wonderlust program. Classes are Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can register online at: https://eu.courses.montana.edu/CourseStatus