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SCCF’s New Nature-Inspired Book Club Launches with Hidden Life of Trees

September 18, 2020

We are excited to welcome everyone 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: simply read the book, join our Facebook group for ongoing online discussion, or join our virtual Zoom meeting to discuss the book at the end of the reading period.

You are welcome to participate in one, two, or all three of these options depending on your preference. Joining the Facebook group is easy! Simply click here or go to SCCF’s Facebook page and click on “Groups.” Please note that you’ll be asked a few easy questions when joining; we simply set up these questions to prevent spam posts in our 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.

“A walk through a forest might never be the same again after reading this elucidating book, which makes a case for trees as social beings that communicate, feel, and help each other,” describes Andrea Wulf in the Washington Post.

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 both the New York Times and Washington Post’s bestseller lists. Join us, take a read, and decide if he’s succeeded for yourself.

The “official” kickoff of The Green Readers is Sunday, 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.

Copies of The Hidden Life of Trees may be ordered for a 20% discount through MacIntosh Books + Paper at or 239-472-1447. For e-book lovers, The Hidden Life of Trees is also available on the Hoopla app, available free through the Sanibel Public Library as well as Lee County Libraries.


Questions about the The Green Readers? Feel free to ask us a question through Facebook or contact Jenny Evans at:


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