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Darby Nelson discusses his book "For Love of Lakes"

Date: 10/29/2012

Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 1210 Heller Hall

Cost: Free


 Please join us for a special lecture with Darby Nelson, author and former legislator, who will discuss his book For Love of Lakes.

America has more than 130,000 lakes of significant size. Ninety percent of all Americans live within fifty miles of a lake, and our 1.8 billion trips to watery places make them our top vacation choice. Yet despite this striking popularity, more than 45 percent of surveyed lakes and 80 percent of urban lakes do not meet water quality standards. For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. For Love of Lakes is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes — their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. This is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature.

Darby Nelson, born and raised in Minnesota, is a freelance writer and conservation activist and Professor Emeritus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He received his PhD in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught college biology and environmental science for 35 years. He has also served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator. For Love of Lakes is his first book.

"For those of us who live in lake country, nothing is as fine as the mist rising in the early morning, ...or the beaver slapping at dusk. Darby Nelson captures this glory; more, he tells us how we might preserve it against the myriad abuses now plaguing our freshwater oases." — Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet


  • Name: Deborah LeClaire
  • E-mail: outreach@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-7346
  • Sponsored by: Global Studies, European Studies Consortium

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Institute for Global Studies.

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