UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Library to host John Bates Lecture

By UW-Baraboo/Sauk County

Get acquainted with Wisconsin’s Northwoods via the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County library, as John Bates presents “Writing to the Head, Hands, and Heart: One Naturalist’s Attempt to Reconnect to the Natural World” at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.

Bates is the author of seven books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. His poetry has also appeared in a number of journals, and he received the 2006 Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for his book Graced by the Seasons: Fall and Winter in the Northwoods.

“We are very pleased to welcome John to campus,” said UW-BSC library director Marc Boucher. “He is an accomplished writer, and I think audiences will find his work and his experiences to be both interesting and inspiring.”

Bates has worked as a naturalist for 24 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. He received his M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“Writing to the Head, Hands, and Heart” is co-sponsored by the Reedsburg Public Library, where Bates will also be presenting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Both presentations are free and open to all.


Marc Boucher