The Natural World Book Club Kickstarts Reading Series

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The Natural World Book Club

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 12/15/17 10:47 AM

With the new year fast approaching, most of us are thinking about how we want to refresh our lives in 2018. For some of us, it might be to become more active. Others may want to spend more time on their personal health or wellbeing. For many, the new year brings the opportunity to start new hobbies and learn new things. The “Natural World Book Club” at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center can help!

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Book clubs are an excellent way to meet people, explore new ideas and discover books you may not have found on your own. Book clubs are a wonderful way to learn without having a formal education structure. They allow you to expand your knowledge and experience stories from not only your perspective but also other readers’ viewpoints. Reading the same book and getting together to discuss it can enrich your understanding of the topics and help form a deeper connection with the ideas in the book. The safe environment of a book club can also be a great outlet for those seeking ways to express their opinions and connect with other members of the community.

The “Natural World Book Club” will be reading books that cover a broad string of topics and welcomes adult readers (ages 18 and up) who are interested in learning more about the world around us. With topics ranging from nature and industry to homesteading in the city, the book club will provide a space for community members to learn about and discuss important issues in conservation and nature in 2018.


Our pick for January is “The Way of Natural History” by Thomas Lowe Fleischner. This book is an anthology of work from writers, poets, zen practitioners and others and focuses on paying attention to nature. This book was chosen for January because it is a diverse look at how people interact with nature and how those interactions have affected their lives. As the first pick, it will set the tone for the year of reads, inviting you to look at the world around you in different ways. The book club will discuss this book on Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. 

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In February, we will read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by acclaimed author Michael Pollan. This book from 2007 looks at the way Americans eat and how our food is connected, or not, to the land. Our February read takes a close look at how to answer, “What should we have for dinner?” The book club will discuss this book on Feb. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. 

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“Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey,” our March pick by Joe Hutto, takes us into a study on a specific natural journey. This book is comprised of the field notes and personal narrative of a naturalist and wildlife artist who incubates 24 wild turkey eggs. His story of raising this brood of comical and fascinating birds is a treasure of both storytelling and nature study. The book club will discuss this book on March 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. 

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The book club is open to adults 18 and up, and cost is $5 per person for each monthly meeting. Looking to join this book club? Register online or at 630-850-8110.

By Susan Urasky, Community Services & Education and Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Topics: Insider, Natural resources, Health and wellness, Wildlife, Conservation

Written by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County manages nearly 26,000 acres in 60 forest preserves containing prairies, woodlands and wetlands.