Family and friends of Ryan Wilson, including, from left, Miriam Wilson (Ryan's mother),
Kevin Christorf (CNR major and Ryan's high-school classmate), Kevin Christorf (Kevin's
father), Gary King (Wilson family friend) and Derick Peters (CNR major and Ryan's high-
school classmate) were present at the dedication of the donated spotting scope at Treehaven.

Family dedicates scope to Treehaven in son’s memory

Ryan Wilson was a promising wildlife and biology major at UWSP when he died in a swimming accident in May 2010. He was on a break from UWSP’s six-week summer camp field training course at Treehaven Field Station near Tomahawk.

In his memory, his family donated money for the purchase of a high-power Leupold spotting scope to be used for wildlife spotting at Treehaven. The scope was dedicated in July with the engraving “Wildlife Spotting Scope – Donated in memory of Ryan S. Wilson – 2011.”

“The scope is something that Ryan would have loved to make available for his fellow students,” said his mother, Miriam Wilson of Cadott. In dedicating the scope, she offered words that summarized her son’s philosophy of life: “Make your own path, stay focused. Have a lot of friends and be a good friend. Work hard, play hard. Take all reasonable opportunities and make them good.”

Wilson had aspired to become a biology instructor and international wildlife biologist. An honor student, he was recognized in 2010 as one of six outstanding sophomore biology students at UWSP. He also tutored for the Biology Department. He was the 2008 class valedictorian at Cadott High School and a National Honor Society and 4-H club member.