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Take a journey into the ‘Deep Wild’ with adventurer Jon Turk, April 17

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National Geographic nominated Turk and colleague Erik Boomer as “Top Ten Adventurers of the Year” in 2012 for their circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in 2011.
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What: “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild,” with adventurer Jon Turk.

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 17.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Free.

More information: Find the event under “Upcoming Programs” at http://www.walkingmountains.org.

AVON — The 15th annual High Country Speaker Series concludes today when Walking Mountains Science Center and the Eagle Valley Library District welcome back explorer and environmental advocate Jon Turk to the Eagle Valley. Turk has done it all, from writing the first environmental science textbook in 1971 to paddling a kayak from Japan to Alaska and biking through the Gobi desert.

The Deep Wild

National Geographic nominated Turk and colleague Erik Boomer as Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012 for their circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in 2011. “Crocodiles and Ice,” Turk’s 2016 book, chronicles this sea kayak passage, but also reflects on his personal journey from suburban Connecticut into what he calls the Deep Wild.

“Crocodiles and Ice” is a memoir of sorts, where the central character, Turk in this case, takes a physical and emotional journey, struggling to find a sane and compassionate home in a world that initially doesn’t make sense. This journey could take place anywhere: in a prison cell or a vegetable garden or in Turk’s case, on a world stage, in prisons, oceans, mountains and ice fields.

Turk’s concept of the Deep Wild is based on a deep, reciprocal relationship with the earth that has its roots in the philosophies of Arne Naess and the writings of Rachel Carson. Deep Wild is a way of embracing animal instincts “because beyond the wondrous and seductive opulence of our oil-soaked, internet-crazed and consumer-oriented society, the animal within can guide us through the forest to a glorious and sustainable lifestyle that is based on Deep Wild as a foundation of solace, sanity, compassion and hope,” he writes.

This final High Country Speaker Series event promises a dynamic evening of learning, adventuring and introspection into our place in this wild world.


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