Natural History Book Club

Come Read With Us

Natural History Book Club offers guided discussions on a diverse array of environmental and natural history literature for scholarship, inspiration, and understanding, in a welcoming atmosphere.

Free tea and snacks are served, and all are welcome to attend! You can see what we are currently reading at the Natural History Institute events calendar.

Meeting dates & times

Meetings time and locations are to be determined. Thank you for your patience while we transition locations. Please email info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org for more information. 

Past picks

  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley (2014)
  • Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird by Tim Birkhead (2012)
  • Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey (2011)
  • Tracks & Shadows By  Harry Greene (2013)
  • Red: Passion & Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams (2001)
  • Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds by Bernd Heinrich (1994)
  • Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation by Marc Bekoff (2013)
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery (2015)
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1974)
  • Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith (2016)
  • Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold (1949)
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2014)
  • The Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs (2001)
  • Gathering the Desert by Gary Paul Nabhan (1986)
  • Selected poetry by Mary Oliver
  • What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz (2012)
  • The Lost Grizzlies by Rick Bass (1995)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2013)
  • Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez (1986)