Do you know of Aldo Leopold and of his lasting impact upon the environmental conservation movement? Do you want a first-hand glimpse of the wonders of the Wissahickon Valley? Are you interested in keeping a personal journal of your environmental observations? Do you want to discuss what rights, if any, nature should be presumed to possess?

Over the course of four Saturday mornings in May, beginning May 2, the Friends of Chestnut Hill Library is sponsoring a free unique program that combines book discussion and related outdoor exploration. The program is being delivered by Scott Quitel of LandHealth Institute.

All participants will receive a free copy of Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” and will be asked to supply their own blank journals for use throughout the short course. Sessions will incorporate lively discussion of the ideas and observations contained within the subject book and short excursions focusing on the presence of nature in our local surroundings. The course will culminate with a longer excursion into the Wissahickon gorge that includes a visit to a natural area that resembles the prairie that Leopold closely observed.

For more information or to register, contact the Chestnut Hill Library at 215-685-9290 or Rachael Griffith at