Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is excited to announce this year’s Winter Book Club Reads. Book discussions will be held at the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center, 3395 US Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, from 2:00-3:30 PM on February 21 and March 20, 2016.

February’s Read

Grandmas Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery.

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65.. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

March’s Read

Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Explore our Relationship with Nature by Michelle Benjamin.

David Suzuki's lifelong work as an environmentalist, naturalist, and scientist have influenced countless others in their fight to save the planet, 20 such devotees of them have contributed to this inspiring collection.

These journalists, scientists, writers and environmentalists have taken their enthusiasm for Suzuki's philosophy and funneled it into their own personal recollections, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit May evening in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells us of a stirring seaside memory from his childhood.

No matter what journey these writers take us on, the unifying theme of their work is always the same: a deep and abiding love of nature — inspired and shared by David Suzuki.

To pre-register, please contact Visitor Services Manager, Andrea VanBeusichem, at (315) 568-5987 or andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov.

There is no fee for this program.