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Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness at the Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

WHAT: Bell Mountain. Devil's Backbone. Hercules Glades. Piney Creek. Rockpile Mountain. Paddy Creek. Irish Wilderness. Mingo Wilderness. These are the eight magnificent areas in Missouri Protected by the Wilderness Act, passed 50 years ago. Between May 6 and June 20 you can see a stunning photographic tribute to these beloved wilderness areas put together as part of a nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

WHEN: May 6 from 5 to 8 PM, join us for an opening reception for "50 Years of Wilderness Through the Lens of Missouri's 8 Wilderness Areas" at the Gorman Discovery Center. In addition, a slideshow "50 Years of American Wilderness" will tell the story of the wilderness movement from the 1500's to today.

WHO: Photographic images by Richard Spener and Toni Armstrong will inform, excite and inspire visitors to learn more about our state’s treasured wilderness. Lush landscape vistas and intimate details of wildlife are captured in over 30 color photos. Richard Spener is a nature and wildlife photographer. His images have been published by the St. Louis Dispatch, National Wildlife Federation, and Audobon Society of Missouri. Spener is a regular contributor of photos to the online and print newsletter of the Alaska Wilderness League.

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