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SCCF launches nature-inspired book club

By SCCF - | Sep 30, 2020


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is offering the public a chance to gather and discuss books close to the heart of SCCF’s mission. Each month, a different selection will be chosen that focuses on a different aspect related to SCCF.

Members can participate in one of several ways: read the book, join the Facebook group for ongoing online discussion or join the virtual Zoom meeting to discuss the book at the end of the reading period. The public can participate in one, two or all three of the options, depending on their preference.

To join the Facebook group, go to SCCF’s Facebook page and click on “Groups.” You will be asked a few easy questions when joining, which were simple set up to prevent spam posts within the group.

To celebrate Florida’s Native Plant Month in October, “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World” by Peter Wohlleben will be the first selection. Despite its popularity with the public and his reliance on scientific studies, Wohllenben — a German forester — faced sharp criticism from many in the scientific community for his use of anthropomorphic terms to describe trees. Nonetheless, his goal in getting the public excited about the forest was successful, as the book topped the New York Times and Washington Post’s bestseller lists.

The “official” kickoff of The Green Readers was Sept. 27, with discussion on Facebook occurring throughout the month of October. The first online discussion group will take place during the week of Oct. 18. Specific dates and a Zoom link will be provided at a later date.

PHOTO PROVIDED “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben

Copies of the book may be ordered for a 20 percent discount through MacIntosh Books and Paper, at 2330 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel, by visiting www.macintoshbooks.com or calling 239-472-1447.

For more information, visit the Facebook group or contact Jenny Evans at jevans@sccf.org.