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Forever Wild – 2006!
March 25th, 7:00 p.m.

An evening of stunning photography, live music and gripping stories from 26,000 miles of wilderness walking

Come Celebrate America’s
Wilderness Heritage

FREE—General Admission

Malcolm Deisenroth Performing Arts Center
at Monte Cassino School
2206 S. Lewis in Tulsa

Tulsa Audubon, along with The Sierra Club, Friends of Oxley, Sustainable Tulsa and The Met, is sponsoring Forever Wild 2006!, a multi-media celebration of wild lands, wildlife, and wild rivers. The presentation features nature photographer/folksinger “Walkin” Jim Stoltz. You will experience Jim’s inspiring photographs and original backcountry ballads from over 26,000 miles of hiking through America's last wild places. The event will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the new Malcolm Deisenroth Performing Arts Center at Monte Cassino School, 2206 S. Lewis in Tulsa.

For more information contact John Kennington at 918-809-6325.


Jim has been performing for 20 years, and in honor of this anniversary he and the group Musicians United to Sustain the Environment is offering this free tour in all 50 states, working with local organizations like TAS to inspire folks to act on behalf of nature.

Visit the website for the project, and Jim’s own web site, for lots more information.


from “Heart of This Wild Land,”
by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

“As long as mountains rise and fall, there are those who heed a call,

To seek the hidden places, beyond these valleys’ jaded walls,

Some will walk the wide vast spaces, others wander where they stand,

Some just dream of the thought, the strong heart of this wild land.”

Tulsa will have a rare opportunity to meet America’s one-of-a-kind wilderness troubadour when Forever Wild2006 comes to The Performing Arts Center at Monte Cassino School, 2206 S. Lewis, Tulsa at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are free for this community-sponsored event.


Walkin’ Jim Stoltz has trekked from coast to coast, Mexico to Canada, Yellowstone to the Yukon, from high in the Arctic to deep in the Utah canyons. All those years in the wild places and 26,000 miles of walking have given him a great love and respect for America’s natural beauty. He shares that appreciation in his celebratory show, Forever Wild2006. Walkin’ Jim sings in a deep bass voice, plays guitar, and tells stories about his travels while projecting spectacular images of the wilderness he has photographed on his travels. 


Though Walkin’ Jim has been taking long-distance hikes since 1974, this is his 20th anniversary year of touring America with Forever Wild. He says he realized those many years ago that a great way to bring out the love of nature in everyone was to celebrate it. By sharing the beauty he’s seen, in images, songs, and stories, he moves people to care for our land, rivers, and wildlife.


“The road less traveled is not a road,” Walkin’ Jim says. “And we ought to stop building any more roads through our wildlands.” This year, with Forever Wild2006, his goal is to visit all 50 states, perform 100 free events, and encourage 100,000 calls and letters in his personal crusade to save these wild places for the future. He is being joined by hundreds of other musicians, speakers and community groups across the nation.


His only local appearance is sponsored by The Tulsa Audubon Society, The Friends of Oxley Nature Center, The Sierra Club Green Country Group, Sustainable Tulsa & The Met.


Walkin’ Jim encourages people who hear about his tour to learn more about his “Call for Wild” program and how they can help by visiting


“I’m a beggar, I’m a thief, I’m one who still believes

I’m the farmer kicking dust, but still I’m planting seeds,

I’m the promise, I’m the lie, I’m the glint that lights your eye

I’m the spirit in the wind, and the fire that never dies.”

                                    from “One Land, One Heart,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz 


Meeting Walkin’ Jim is like coming face-to-face with a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. He tells stories of adventures from a near-death slide down a snow field, arrested only by his guitar, to the solitude of playing his music in the woods with moose listening on. His shows transport audiences to the backcountry as only he knows it.


“He’s truly a unique and impressive songwriter and performer,” says Richard Stanley of Sierra Club-Greater Hartford, Conn. “His Forever Wild show generated an incredible amount of enthusiasm afterwards. For weeks people were telling me how much they admired him and enjoyed it. We all felt fortunate to have seen his show.”


Walkin’ Jim Stoltz has been recognized as an American treasure by the Environmental Protection Agency, which presented him its Outstanding Achievement Award for his sharing of nature and wilderness across the country.


“I’ve had amazing experiences on my travels in the woods,” says Walkin’ Jim. “This show is my

chance to share them, and to celebrate all of America's lands, waters, and the critters who need them. It’s my contribution to keeping our wild places wild forever.”


“You could call me a rich man, for all the gold I’ve seen,

My pack is full of sunsets, they trade in good on dreams,

You can bundle up life’s treasures and hold ‘em in your hand,

But the key to all is letting go and listening to the land.”

from “Turn Around,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz


Woody Guthrie meets Ansel Adams in Walkin’ Jim’s Forever Wild2006 performance. The chance to experience his show is not to be missed. Walkin’ Jim’s recent book, “Walking With the Wild Wind,” and recorded CDs of his music will be available at the show. More information about him, including publication-quality photographs for download by the media, can be found at


“Thunder rollin' on the mountain heights

I hear it callin' my name,

Once you follow that storm cloud’s flight

You won't ever be the same.”

                       from “Thinkin’ Like a Mountain,” by Walkin’ Jim Stoltz


Forever Wild2006 is a project of Musicians United to Sustain the Environment (M. U. S. E.), a rapidly growing non-profit which heightens environmental awareness by raising funds for effective grassroots projects through CD sales, concerts and public donations. Its roster of performers includes Pete Seeger, Paul Winter, and Country Joe McDonald. For more information on the organization and its artists, see






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