North Carolina Botanical Garden

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture: 
In the Footsteps of Spring: Retracing Naturalists Edwin Way Teale and John K. Terres

with John Harris, director, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University 

Date: Sunday, April 15

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


In February 1947, Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie set out to trace the progress of spring from the Everglades to the summit of Mount Washington. The record of their 17,000 mile odyssey later became a best-selling book, North with the Spring. Almost two decades later another noted naturalist, John K. Terres, employed seasonal change to describe the natural world surrounding Mason Farm. Intrigued by these astute observers, in 2012 John R. Harris set out to retrace the paths of Teale and Terres, walking in their footsteps guided by their words. His work Returning North With the Spring and this presentation will offer highlights from these wild places—noting what's been lost and celebrating how much remains.


A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.


Free, preregistration required.



Registration open through 4/15/2018 11:59 PM EST

About the Speaker

As director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, John R. Harris has supervised the production of a documentary film From Hurricane to Climate Change, focused on how climate change will affect the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, as well as retracing the footsteps of Edwin Way Teale in Returning North With the Spring (University Press of Florida, 2016). In addition, he has organized and edited two regional anthologiesWhere the Mountain Stands Alone (University Press of New England, 2006) and Beyond the Notches. (Bondcliff Books, 2010)— and assisted in the production of five documentary films focused on regional themes as part of the Reflections Oral History Project. He received his PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and continues to teach courses in nature writing, environmental literacy, regional history and composition at Franklin Pierce University.

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