John Muir presentation by Wil Reding at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Wil Reding of the Sierra Club’s Southwest Michigan Group honors John Muir

John Muir

John Muir

Wil Redding portraying John Muir

Wil Redding portraying John Muir

At 2:00 PM Sunday, May 3, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge, Kalamazoo, hosted a presentation by Rambling Naturalist Wil Reding, co-sponsored by the Nature Center and the Sierra Club’s Southwest Michigan Group.

Wil and his wife Sarah made a thousand-mile trip retracing and honoring the journey Sierra Club founder and naturalist John Muir made in 1867—a walk from Indiana to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

John Muir was one of the world’s first ecologists and an early advocate of preserving America’s wilderness in its natural state. His legacy lives on in the Sierra Club, which he founded in 1892 and which has become the nation’s oldest and largest environmental organization.

Wil Reding’s reverence for John Muir as one who treasured the Earth and its creatures inspired his special program.

Part of the audience for Wil Reding's John Muir presentation at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Part of the audience for Wil Reding’s presentation at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Wil and Sarah, Sierra Club members who live north of Kalamazoo near Cooper, are nationally recognized naturalists who “believe it is necessary, in this world of technology, to stimulate our children and involve them in the understanding of the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.” Acting on this belief, Wil and Sarah have developed several programs that bring children and adults closer to nature and honor John Muir’s famous quotation, “I care to live only to entice people to look at nature.” They offer their presentations through their Rambling Naturalist website.

The Southwest Michigan Group (SWMG) of the Sierra Club was proud to sponsor this presentation. Group members attended and brought along brochures and membership forms.

The Nature Center waived its gate fee for the event. Admission to the presentation itself was free for Nature Center and Sierra Club members. General admission was $7.00.