MSU Wonderlust Travel Series: The Centennial Valley and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
- Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00am
- Online via Webex
Montana State University Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization, and the MSU Alumni Foundation will host a series of online programs in June and July that highlight the state of Montana. “Montana Faces and Places 2020” is four two-part programs offered through the Wonderlust Travel Series. The program is designed to deepen participants’ knowledge and appreciation of the diverse people, communities and landscapes in the state.
For the second program in this series, Bill West will lead us on a virtual visit to Montana’s remote Centennial Valley. He will outline the valley’s history, including the establishment of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll learn about valley ranching, be introduced to the valley’s iconic fish and wildlife¾including Arctic grayling, wolves, grizzly bears and trumpeter swans¾and learn how ranchers and wildlife advocates work together to resolve conflicts.
PART 1: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
PART 2: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Bill West recently retired as manager of the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge after having managed Montana Wildlife Refuges for 30 years. West is widely known for his deep knowledge and love of the Centennial Valley and his ability to create effective partnerships among diverse groups.
These programs are open to everyone, but advance registration is required. For Wonderlust members and MSU alumni and retirees, the cost to enroll for one two-part program is $15 per program, or $50 for all four. For everyone else, the cost to enroll for one two-part program is $25 per program, or $65 for all four. To register, please visit www.montana.edu/wonderlust/. After registering, participants will receive an email with the Webex link, instructions to join the program and additional program-related information.
Other programs in the series include:
Finding Adventure, Beauty and New Friends on Montana’s Open Roads
- June 29 and 30, 10 to 11 a.m.: Based on their recent 22-day, 2,000-mile circular road trip within the state, outdoor enthusiasts Jeff and Sara King will share ideas for creating lively and meaningful travel experiences on and near Montana’s open roads.
In the Spotlight: Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana
- July 14 and 16, 4 to 5 p.m.: Dr. Marshall E. Bloom of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory will discuss its century-old history, its transition into a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under Dr. Anthony Fauci and its vital role in the coronavirus pandemic.
Montana’s Sibanye-Stillwater Mine: An Overview of Best Mining Practices by a Global Palladium and Platinum Producer
- July 20 and 21, 9 to 10 a.m.: Paul Holick, senior development geologist at the mine, will outline the mining history of the Stillwater Complex in southcentral Montana, while Randy Weimer – who supervises the environmental group at the mine – will address environmental and economic impacts and modern mining practices.
For more information, please contact Bobbi Geise, MSU Academic Technology and Outreach, (406) 994-6550, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderlust is a program of Academic Technology and Outreach (ATO) at Montana State University. ATO works across MSU to support and advance our land-grant mission through unique and innovative opportunities for outreach and engagement.