How to Renew Everything that Matters by Dr. John Hausdoerffer

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s 2018 environmental presentation is Wildness: How to Renew Everything that Matters. On his 26th presentation of a national speaking tour, Dr. John Hausdoerffer offers hope that, in the age of threats to national monuments and climate disruption, wildness can be seen a process, not just a kind of landscape or geography. He will explore a concept of wildness as self-renewal and explore how we can contribute to the well-being of the wild places in which we live, work, and play. Dr. Hausdoerffer is co-editor of Wildness: Relations of People and Place, now for sale at The Book Haven.

John Hausdoerffer is a fellow for the Center for Humans and Nature as well as the Dean of the brand new School of Environment & Sustainability at Western State Colorado University, where he is professor of environmental sustainability and philosophy and directs the Master in Environmental Management Program. He is the author of Catlin’s Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature and editor of Aaron Abeyta’s Letters from the Headwaters. He lives in Gunnison.

During the event, GARNA will reveal a pilot program in Informed Advocacy, with the goal of creating a highly informed constituency that is aware and ready to act on local, state and national issues with environmental impacts in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

The event will be held at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and heavy appetizers and cash bar will be served. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. GARNA extends a special thank you to Salida Sunrise Rotary for their support of the event. Tickets are $20 for GARNA members and $25 for non-members of the association; kids 18 and under are $10. Tickets are available online at If still available, tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, please call GARNA at 719-539-5106.