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Arboretum Spring 2022 Book Club

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Book Cover of Islands of Abandonment

Book Cover: Islands of Abandonment

Join the discussion! The Arboretum’s first-ever book club is reading Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn, an exploration of how nature rebounds in post-human landscapes. The publisher provides the following synopsis:

“Flyn, an investigative journalist, visits places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an ‘island’ of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists. Islands of Abandonment is a tour through these new ecosystems as sites of unexpected environmental significance, where the natural world has reasserted its wild power and promise. And while it doesn’t let us off the hook for addressing environmental degradation and climate change, it is a case that hope is far from lost, and it is ultimately a story of redemption: the most polluted spots on Earth can be rehabilitated through ecological processes and, in fact, they already are.”

The concluding discussion will be held on Tuesday, May 24, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Shari Edelson, the Arboretum’s director of operations, will lead the conversation. Registration is now open. Participation is free, but participants will need to provide their own copy of the book. The location of the meeting will be provided to registrants.

Fee: Free

Adults (18+) only

Advance registration required:


May 24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Shari Edelson