University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Ecology Book Club

Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this book club is the place for you! Join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! We generally meet the 4th Wednesday of each month on zoom, and a few times a year in person at Cedar Creek.

The Ecology Book Club meets online each month on zoom (register at A few times a year, they also meet in person at the Lindeman Center (2660 Fawn Lake Dr. NE, East Bethel). 


Virtual meeting option: join the discussion via Zoom by going to and registering for upcoming meetings. A link will be sent to your email. If prompted, the password is Cedar123.


The Ecology Book Club was originally developed as a capstone project for a group of Cedar Creek Master Naturalists in 2017. Since then, it has grown into a lively group that meets monthly to discuss and dissect books related to environmental issues. Fiction, non-fiction, heavy, light - we read it all! Books are selected by the club members, and no scientific expertise or background is necessary to participate. You don't even need to have finished the book!


We generally meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm on zoom. Register at Z.UMN.EDU/BOOKCLUBONLINE to receive connection information. A few times a year, the club additionally gathers in person at Cedar Creek's Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Directions are here


Upcoming book club meetings:

Wednesday, February 22nd - The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell

Wednesday, March 22nd - An Immense World by Ed Yong




Past books:

For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Half Earth by E.O. Wilson

The Sixth Extinction by Rachel Kolbert

Conservation on the Northern Plains by Anthony Amato

The Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris

The Life and Death of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

A Love Affair with Birds by Sue Leaf

Climate, A New Story by Charles Eisenstein

A Naturalist At Large by Bernd Heinrich

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir by Douglas Wood

The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation, by Fred Pearce

Listening Point by Sigurd Olson

Our Native Bees by Paige Embry

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves by Frans de Waal

The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird by Katie Fallon

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Wild and Rare-Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest by Adam Regn Arvidson

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

Rising by Elizabeth Rush

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

The Big Marsh by Cheri Register

Tales of the Shaman's Apprentice by Mark J. Plotkin

Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell by Susan Leaf

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake

Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology by Margaret D. Lowman

The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know by Mark. J. Plotkin

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Myth of Human Supremacy by Derrick Jensen

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

Wolf Island by David Mech

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane

Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History by Lewis Dartnell

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy

Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer

This Is Your Mind On Plants by Michael Pollan

The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Finding The Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght (with visit by the author!)

The Book of Hope – A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall

The Marsh Builders:  The Fight for Clean Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife, by Sharon Levy, Karen White, et al.

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World by Oliver Millman

A World Without Soil: The Past, Present & Precarious Futerr of the Earth Beneath our Feet by Jo Handelsman and Kayla Cohen

Bright Green Future - How Everyday Heroes Are Re-Imagining the Way We Feed, Power, and Build Our World by Gregory Schwartz and Trevor Cohen

Endless Forms - The Secret World of Wasps by Seiran Sumner

Critters, Creeks, Neighbors and Woods: A Natural History of Isanti County by Carol Urness. 

South Pole Station: A Novel by Ashley Shelby

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