129 Olin Hall, Whitman College
Gary Lentz, a retired Washington State Park Ranger, will present a program entitled, “Change Is the Law
of Life … Or Is It?” on November 22. The program will be presented in a Powerpoint format and will
explore a number of plants and animals in our daily lives that pre-date us by hundreds of millions of
years. Ginkgo trees, scouring rushes, and cockroaches, among others, have remained essentially
unchanged for such long periods of environmental changes and suggest the questions, “Why haven’t
they changed? Have they reached the ultimate form for survival on our planet? What can we learn
from them? Can they survive the age of modern man?”
Join us for an hour program that explores these questions and discuss what you think about these
Gary Lentz is a retired Park Ranger who was with Washington State Parks for 35 years. Many of
those years were at Lewis & Clark Trail State Park which has a unique riparian habitat and botanical
diversity as well as being situated on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
As manager of Lewis and Clark Trail State Park he endeavored to learn about all of the many plants that grow in a riparian habitat. Having recovered from 8 floods over the period he was at this park he saw plant succession, introduction of new species and how native plants adapted. . . or didn’t. . . after each event. These experiences provided him with excellent opportunities to observe and share his observations with visitors.
Today, Gary conducts living history demonstrations at State and Federal parks, public and private schools, youth camps, community service groups, historical societies, museums, Cultural Centers and many other locations at or near where David Douglas made his botanical discoveries. His Powerpoint presentation entitled, “Trifles Will Not Stop Me” about Douglas’s travels from 1824-1827 has been applauded as a “delightful exploration of the past”. Gary was a co-winner of the Washington State Historical Society’s David Douglas Award.
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