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 at the Lindeman Center.

In accordance with guidance from the University, onsite programming is on hold to slow the transmission and spread of COVID-19. 


We have a virtual meeting option!! Join our book club discussion via Zoom by going to (link will launch a Zoom meeting, active only during book club times). The password is Bookclub20.


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, in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Directions are hereDURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE WILL NOT HAVE IN-PERSON MEETINGS. JOIN US ONLINE AT Z.UMN.EDU/BOOKCLUBONLINE. (password: Bookclub20)


Upcoming book club meetings:

October 28th: Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology by Margaret D. Lowman (Dr. Lowman will be joining the meeting as a special guest!)

early December (date TBD): The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know by Mark. J. Plotkin


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

Questions? Email or message us via our club facebook page.


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