Spring's Nature Reads for Our Natural World Book Club

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Spring's Nature Reads for Our Natural World Book Club

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 3/27/18 12:00 AM

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Spring wildflowers are starting to pop up, that chilly winter breeze is dying down, and buds are appearing on our trees. As excitement grows for spring in our preserves, The "Natural World Book Club" at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center is eager to announce its next three reads.

The book club began last winter with some intriguing looks at the world around us and offered choices to open the eyes and minds of readers to the natural world around them. The choices for the spring bring the focus in a bit more to the urban or suburban way of life and how the wildlife and plants around us affect and enhance our lives.


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.

Adult readers (ages 18 and up) are invited to join us at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook on the last Tuesday of April, May, and June to discuss these interesting reads. The cost is $5, which includes refreshments. To join The Natural World Book Club, register online or by calling 630-850-8110.

Our pick for April is “The Urban Homestead” by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. Whether you live in an apartment or own a home, this book provides tips on how to make your life more self-sufficient. With practical and useful project information, this read is relevant for beginners and those who already have home garden or composting bin. It will be discussed on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods.


In May, we will read “Owls Aren’t Wise & Bats Aren’t Blind” by Warner Shedd. This book is an entertaining read, providing scientific information to debunk common myths about North American wildlife, including beavers and flying squirrels. The charming stories and fabulous facts in this choice are sure to spark a lively discussion. The book club will discuss this book on Tuesday, May 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods.


June’s selection is “Crow Planet” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, which will be discussed on Tuesday, June 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods. The author asks the reader to shift the lens on nature. By weaving together scientific studies, mythology, and personal experiences with crows, this book is a refreshing and challenging look at urban wildlife and where nature appears in our cities.


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.