Friday, Feb 5 | 11 am *ONLINE*
For the new year, the Highlands Center for Natural History is launching a book club. This book club is for adults eager to learn more about the natural history of the Southwest and connect with others who are as well, and families looking to teach their children more about the natural world. The inaugural books are Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfard and The Hike by Alison Farrell. Join the book club meetings on Friday February 5th and Friday March 5th for discussions of the books. Meetings are free, but pre-registration is required.
The books for each specific month will be available at 10% off the listed price. Use code NATUREEDU when ordering online. *Please Note: The 10% discount applies to books that are currently in print and available to bookstores.
*The Feburary meeting was originally to be held in person, but has now been moved online to Zoom.*
In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers"--including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens--recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world's most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it's about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.
About The Hike
The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers who set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest.
This spirited picture book is filled with lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world, coupled with a fun narrative.
• Features a glossary and scientific backmatter
• Includes a sketchbook by one of the characters that highlights discoveries the girls make along the trail
• Abundant labels throughout for learning about various plants and animals
The Hike celebrates how fun and rewarding it is to explore nature in your own backyard!
This book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers in preschool and kindergarten.