Baileys Harbor, Wis. (December 22, 2022) – The Ridges Sanctuary is hosting Ridges Reads, a community book club discussion on Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, authored by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
As a botanist, Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In the book, Kimmerer reflects on the creation of Turtle Island and the forces that threaten its flourishing today, circling toward a central argument that ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Braiding Sweetgrass discussions will be structured on topics covered in the book, as well as how they apply to our own community to imagine a better future. The book club will be offered both in person and online through Zoom, every three weeks, beginning January 10.
Virtual – 6-8pm:
Tuesday, January 10 – Planting Sweetgrass
Tuesday, January 31 – Tending Sweetgrass
Tuesday, February 21 – Picking Sweetgrass
Tuesday, March 14 – Braiding Sweetgrass
Tuesday, April 4 – Burning Sweetgrass
In Person – 6-8pm:
Thursday, January 12 – Planting Sweetgrass
Thursday, February 2 – Tending Sweetgrass
Thursday, February 23 – Picking Sweetgrass
Thursday, March 16 – Braiding Sweetgrass
Thursday, April 6 – Burning Sweetgrass
All are welcome and encouraged to take part in the discussions, including young adults. The newly released Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults, as well as the original Braiding Sweetgrass are available at the Ridges Nature Store, open Thursday-Monday, 9:30am-3:30pm.
The program is free. Due to limited space, participants are asked to register in advance. To register, go to https://www.ridgessanctuary.org/ridges-reads/ or call 920-839-2802. For those who wish to donate to The Ridges, additional donations are accepted and appreciated via the registration portal.