We are proud to partner with Go Green Reads to host an in-store discussion with Laurie Lawlor about her new book, Restoring Prairie, Woods, and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference. A small town with few resources comes together to restore nature and create a valuable resource for the entire community in this inspiring middle grade nonfiction book. With only a bare-bones budget, a group of volunteers—everyone from local firemen and high school students to local business owners and Boy Scouts—came together to pitch in to clear invasives, cut buckthorn, grade the trail, and plant native prairie, woodland, and wetland species. The forgotten wilderness wasn’t a dead zone after all.
This event is free with registration, to register please CLICK HERE.
More About the Book: Restoring Prairie, Woods, and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference is about activism at the community level—and tells how a small village in southeastern Wisconsin has transformed an eight-acre, municipally owned dumping ground and wasteland into a nature trail with three distinct ecosystems: a prairie, woodland, and ephemeral pond wetland. The trail runs from Eagle Elementary to the public library. Illustrated with color photos, the book explains how this trail has become a valuable outdoor classroom—even during COVID-19—a STEM teaching center, a respite for people young and old, and a place for community engagement.
One of the early turning points in the project came in spring 2010 when a few hardy volunteers trekked through the abandoned lot’s thick buckthorn and other invasives and discovered something remarkable: a few hardy native purple coneflowers and hoary vervain. This proved to be evidence of Eagle Prairie, what had once been the largest pre-settlement prairies in this part of Wisconsin. Frog song revealed another hidden gem: an almost inaccessible ephemeral pond—a rare wetland. Meanwhile, a few struggling woodland natives provided evidence of a small forest.
More About the Author: Laurie Lawlor is a prolific and celebrated author of children's books. Her picture book biography Rachel Carson and her Book That Changed the World was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year and a National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book and received the John Burroughs Riverby Award. Her Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World was named a NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. She lives and teaches in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The mission of Go Green Winnetka is to raise awareness regarding sustainability and inspire schools, governmental units, organizations, businesses, and individuals to take action targeting climate change, waste, and sustainable raw materials.
Go Green Winnetka works within Winnetka and in concert with other area Go Green groups to share best practices and problem-solve by hosting and participating in formal meetings, informal gatherings, discussions, presentations, movie screenings, book groups, yard tours, clean-ups, and public advocacy, among others.
Restoring Prairie, Woods, and Pond: How a Small Trail Can Make a Big Difference (Books for a Better Earth) (Hardcover)
A small town with few resources comes together to restore nature and create a valuable resource for the entire community in this inspiring middle grade nonfiction book.