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William John Reding

Wil Reding 1946 -
  • Interpretive Naturalist and University Professor
  • Reding, who goes by "Wil," learned about John Muir by reading his books, visiting Yosemite, and meeting Lee Stetson and watching him perform "Conversation with a Tramp."
  • Wil appreciates John's enthusiasm and sense of wonder of the out-of-doors. Wil says, "It is contagious and it spreads like wild fire!" Wil also loves to be in the out of doors and wander as John did. As Muir is one of Wil's environmental mentors, Wil has attempted to continue John Muir's enthusiasm and excitement for teaching in and about the ecological understanding of our planet. Wil and his wife, Sarah, recreated John Muir's 1000 mile walk to the Gulf in the late spring of 2006.
  • Wil has dedicated his life as an Interpretive Naturalist to help his fellow earth travelers to understand how the world works and their place in it. Trained as a teacher and then an Interpretive Naturalist, Wil and his wife Sarah have put together a company called "Rent A Rambling Naturalist", which they tour the Mid-west utilizing theatrics and participatory interaction in their programs.
  • Wil has his Masters in Environmental Education and continues to attend workshops and conferences to learn more and up date his knowledge of the out-of-doors. Wil and Sarah have recently become involved with the Jane Goodall Institute and have traveled to Africa and will continue to travel to new place to discover the uniqueness of planet earth.
  • Wil's life achievements have been in the aspect of husband, son, father, teacher and Interpretive Naturalist. Will says, "Having been give the charge to educate and entertain has brought me more joy than I ever expected." He greatly appreciates having found a life's partner in Sarah, who as a lover of the great out-of-doors is more then anyone could hope for!
  • Wil says, "It has been a great experience to find and re-walk the 1000 mile walk path John Muir took in 1867.



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