William John Reding
- 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
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!