Sierra Club Southwind Group joined the Great Plains Earth Institute, Bartlett Arboretum, Dyck Arboretum, Peace and Social Justice Center, Works of Heart, Arkansas River Coalition, Kansas Canoe and Kayak Association, Grandmas Farm, Environmental and Human Health, Eagle Valley Raptor Center, Trees for Life, Green Acres Health Food Store, Backwoods, and Natural of Course Health Food Store, as well as, several book stores locally in bringing Walkin’ Jim Stoltz’s program “Forever Wild 2006” to Wichita on March 24. About 270 people attended the performance. Walkin’ Jim has walked most of Yellow Stone to the Yukon and camped virtually everywhere in between covering over 25,000 miles of America’s back country. He shared his intimate love of nature and its beauty to advocate for its continued protection.
Local talent and great artists Robin Macy, Kentucky White and Darren Wilcox also performed. Robin is the owner of the majestic Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kansas and is restoring it with loving care. She is mixing nature, music and art at the Arboretum. Keep up with Robin by visiting her website at www.bartlettarboretum.com.
Many thanks to Yvonne Cather and Dan Bolt for their many hours of volunteer work and organization at bringing this event to Wichita!
By Bill Cather