DISCOVER NATURE – Finding the Wild in Everyday Living: A Conversation with Adventurer Jason Mark

Friday, August 18, 2017, 7pm lecture

Open House with light refreshments at 6:30pm
Dwight Center for Conservation Science
$10 suggested donation, students free
No reservations necessary

In his book Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man, journalist and adventurer Jason Mark travels beyond the bright lights and certainties of our cities to seek wildness wherever it survives.

In California’s Point Reyes National Seashore, a battle over oyster farming and designated wilderness pits former allies against one another as locals wonder whether wilderness should be untouched, farmed, or something in between. In Washington’s Cascade Mountains, a modern-day wild woman and her students learn to tan hides and start fires without matches, attempting to connect with a primal past out of reach for the rest of society. And in Colorado’s High Country, dark skies and clear air reveal a breathtaking expanse of stars, flawed only by the arc of a satellite passing—beauty interrupted by the traffic of a million conversations.

These expeditions to the edges of civilization’s grid show us that, although our notions of pristine nature may be shattering, the mystery of the wild still exists—and in fact, it is more crucial than ever. During this presentation, Jason will weave stories such as these into everyday life, and show us that we can experience the magic of wilderness even in the most suburban settings. Jason Mark is the editor of Sierra, the National Magazine of Sierra Club.

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