OP20 Arboretum Reads The Forest Unseen (Evening)

Thursday June 4

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

Arboretum Reads The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

Instructor: Rebecca Caldwell

Five sessions: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Free; Suggested Donation $30

BREG | BRN Elective credit - 5 hours, NC EE Criteria II credit


Join us in a community read of The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by biologist and award-winning author David George Haskell. Learn from Haskell's contemplative almost-daily return to a one square-meter patch of old-growth forest in Tennessee for a year. A New York Times critic said of Haskell, "He thinks like a biologist, writes like a poet and gives the natural world the kind of open-minded attention one expects from a Zen monk..."


Throughout the month of June, participants will meet online once a week to discuss a portion of the book with Adult Education Programs Manager Rebecca Caldwell. For the final session, author David George Haskell will join us in a live conversation and Q&A. Please note that the final session will be a webinar open to those who do not participate in the weekly Book Club sessions. Register for both the weekly sessions and the final webinar below.


Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.

PS—In these difficult times, we are working to support not only our wider community online but our local community as well. If you plan to purchase a copy of the book, consider ordering online from our wonderful Western North Carolina independent bookstores Malaprop's or City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  Biblio.com, based in Asheville, helps connect readers with used, rare and out-of-print books from independent booksellers the worldover. Like all independent bookstores, now more than ever, they need our support. While some have begun reopening in a limited way, they've been hurt by closure and furloughing or losing knowledgeable bookselling staff due to this pandemic, but they are still processing online orders for direct mail or shipping, curbside pickup or even home delivery.  

For the audiobook, both Malaprop's and City Lights partner with Libro.fm.


Rebecca Caldwell is a writer and educator who serves as the adult education programs manager at The North Carolina Arboretum. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Western Carolina University. She is also trained as a counselor specializing in expressive arts and ecopsychology. While working in Student Affairs at Western Carolina University, she started the Women’s Center, a resource, advising and advocacy center open to all students. Her doctoral coursework and research at the University of Virginia focused on creativity, intrinsic motivation and the adult learner.


This class is free with the option to include a suggested donation appearing in your cart at check out. Your generous contribution goes to support education programs at the Arboretum.

To become an Arboretum Member and receive discounts on all future classes, go to our Membership page.