Tree Spotters Book Club

Tree Spotters Book Club

The Tree Spotters Book Club reads non-fiction books about nature, science, climate change, and of course, trees. All Tree Spotters are welcome.

Club members vote to select three books for the season, which runs from January through mid-April. Books are generally less than 300 pages long and will be in print and available at the Boston Public Library.

To view a list of recommended books, check out the Tree Spotters Book Shelf (last updated August 2019).

Location

We meet in the second-floor lecture hall at the Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research building, 1300 Centre Street, Boston. There is plenty of free parking in front of the building and there is an elevator. The lecture hall has a kitchenette and a microwave, along with hot water for tea.

Meeting time and frequency

Meeting are held from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM on a weekday evening. They are typically 4 – 6 weeks apart in order to give people a chance to read the books, but other than that, there is no fixed schedule. (We want to avoid conflicts with other events at the Arboretum, so we need to be flexible.) The first 15 minutes will be social – an opportunity to meet, greet, and get settled before we start the formal part of the meeting at 7:15. We will wrap up promptly at 8:30.

Format

A Book Club member will be the facilitator. Currently, we have two volunteers who are taking turns. We start by breaking out into small groups to discuss topics chosen by the facilitator, then we reconvene the entire group for further discussion.

Additional information

  • Meeting details (date, time, book, and facilitator) will be posted on the Tree Spotters calendar. If we know in advance that the weather will be a problem, we will cancel (and reschedule if possible) and the calendar will be updated. If you are in doubt as to whether or not we are meeting, you can text Suz at 857-321-2825.
  • You are welcome to come even if you haven’t completed the book, but you should have read at least some of it if you intend to participate.
  • If you are a knitter or sewer, you are welcome to bring handwork projects.
  • You are also welcome to bring snacks to share. If you do, though, please contact the facilitator in advance so they know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions, please email TreeSpotters@fas.harvard.edu.