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Forest Walking

Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America

by (author) Peter Wohlleben & Jane Billinghurst

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Trees, Essays & Travelogues, General, Forests & Rainforests, Ontario, General
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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Awaken your senses and make the most out of your next walk in the woods—with Peter Wohlleben, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.

“This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees.”—Tristan Gooley, author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and How to Read Water

"You'll be changed after reading this fine and enchanting book.”—Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

When you walk in the woods, do you use all five senses to explore your surroundings? For most of us, the answer is no—but when we do, a walk in the woods can go from pleasant to immersive and restorative. Forest Walking teaches you how to engage with the forest by decoding nature’s signs and awakening to the ancient past and thrilling present of the ecosystem around you.

  • What can you learn by following the spread of a root, by tasting the tip of a branch, by searching out that bitter almond smell?
  • What creatures can be found in a stream if you turn over a rock—and what is the best way to cross a forest stream, anyway?
  • How can you understand a forest’s history by the feel of the path underfoot, the scars on the trees along the trail, or the play of sunlight through the branches?
  • How can we safely explore the forest at night?
  • What activities can we use to engage children with the forest?

Throughout Forest Walking, the authors share experiences and observations from visiting forests across North America: from the rainforests and redwoods of the west coast to the towering white pines of the east, and down to the cypress swamps of the south and up to the boreal forests of the north.

With Forest Walking, German forester Peter Wohlleben teams up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, as the two write their first book together, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Together, they will teach you how to listen to what the forest is saying, no matter where you live or which trees you plan to visit next.

About the authors

Peter Wohlleben is the author of several books about the natural world, including The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Life of Animals, and The Heartbeat of Trees. His books for children include Can You Hear the Trees Talking?, Do You Know Where the Animals Live?, and Peter and the Tree Children. A longtime former forester, Wohlleben runs a forest academy in Germany that supports sustainable forest management and teaches adults and children about the many wonders of the forest.


Peter Wohlleben's profile page

Jane Billinghurst holds an M.A. in German and Philosophy from Oxford University and is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Temptress: From the Original Bad Girls to Women on Top. She is also an editor and has been the director of Simon Fraser University's Summer Book Editing Workshop. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, where she can often be found tending her foxgloves and forget-me-nots or relaxing in a garden chair.

Jane Billinghurst's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A treasury of ideas, encouragements, and insights for all who wish to befriend trees and forests.”
David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees

“A wonderfully clear and practical guide for all ages. This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees and their rich communities.”
Tristan Gooley, bestselling author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and How to Read Water

“You'll be changed after reading this fine and enchanting book. On every walk you take, you'll sense this other world and feel that the forest is walking with you.”
Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

“With wisdom and affection, Wohlleben and Billinghurst have written an eminently practical, delightful, and science-infused invitation for readers to explore the woods in a wholly new way.”
Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix

“The forest is more than a place, it is also an experience. Forest Walking suggests how to see, hear, taste, smell, survive, and enjoy the forest in ways that will immeasurably deepen your experience.”
Joan Maloof, author of Treepedia

Forest Walking is a wonderful starting point for understanding forests in a direct and personal way—a journey I hope many will embark on soon.”
David Moskowitz, author of Caribou Rainforest

“How do you go for a walk in the woods? With characteristic exuberance, Peter Wohlleben and co-author Jane Billinghurst answer this seemingly simple question, offering readers new ways of seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and even tasting the forest. Through their eyes, trees and their countless living companions are not merely the backdrop to our outdoor adventures, but the main attraction.”
Zach St. George, author of The Journeys of Trees

“This is not a book. It is a love letter. For the trees themselves, for their forests, for their decomposers, their lichens, their mosses, and even for those people whose incomes depend on destroying them. It is also a love letter for the next generation of humans who will come to understand that forests are the lungs of the world. And that we must protect them in all their complexity if we wish to protect ourselves...from ourselves... in all our complacency. The book should not be read while walking. It should be read while sitting. Then the walker should walk. Then read it again. And think…”
Doug W. Larson, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, an expert in ancient woodlands

“In Forest Walking, forester Peter Wohlleben and nature enthusiast Jane Billinghurst have produced the Swiss army knife of forest information. Here is a squirrel’s hoard of amazing facts about how plants and animals cooperate and communicate, coupled with advice on how to pause and truly see, how to introduce these wonders to children and adults, and how to hike, camp, and even brave the trail at night. Fun to read, and an invaluable handbook and reference.”
William Dietrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of The Final Forest

"A profound invitation to fine-tune our observational skills and fully appreciate the forest as a vibrant, complex community."—Donna Seaman, Booklist

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