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May 1  Sunday Science Topic on Patagonia and the Conservation Legacy of Doug and Kris Tompkins

An in-depth look at the world’s largest wildland philanthropy project located in Patagonia will be the subject of the Central Colorado Humanists Science Sunday on May 1.  Patagonia stretches across the South American nations of Argentina and Chile at the southern tip of the Continent, an area of keen interest to our presenter, Roger Cox.

The project was inspired, funded and managed by Doug and Kris Tompkins of the U. S.  After 30 years working in Chile and Argentina, these two exceptional individuals established over a dozen National Parks, that they then donated to the people of South America. Though Doug passed away in 2015, Kris and the Tompkins Conservation organization continue the work.

Roger Cox is a retired electrical engineer with a BSEE degree from the University of Wisconsin. During his career, he designed microchips for electronics firms in Colorado. An outdoor enthusiast, he was a volunteer BLM backcountry ranger in Utah for many seasons. Because of his keen interest in South America, Roger has traveled extensively in Patagonia over the past 17 years.

The talk has free admission and it is open to the public. It will be held in person at the Scout Hut, 210 East Sackett St., Salida. Doors will open at 9:30 a. m.  The talk will start at 10:00 a.m.

COVID considerations will be in place, so the Central Colorado Humanists can continue to meet in person while reducing the spread of COVID and the risk for everyone. They include:

  • Masks will be required at the door
  • Socializing will take place outside, before and after the program

The Central Colorado Humanists ask that you please not attend if you have any symptoms of illness or know you have been exposed to COVID.  Unvaccinated people are more likely to spread COVID-19 so please consider our more vulnerable community members when deciding whether to attend.

For those who miss the talk in person, the presentation will be available for viewing on the Humanists website shortly after May 1.