Mary M. Clare & Gary Ferguson

Jun 2, 2021 | Events

Psychologist Mary M. Clare and nature writer Gary Ferguson will present a virtual reading and discussion of their co-authored book, Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World, on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

The publisher notes, In Full Ecology Clare and Ferguson encourage us to learn from the ‘supremely methodical and highly improvisational’ natural systems that touch our lives. True change, they argue, begins with understanding ourselves not as isolated individuals, but as being in harmony with our human and nonhuman worlds. From this process of mindfulness and reflection, they offer an alternative strategy for acting in ecologically healthy ways, and for inspiring others to do the same.

“Rather than proposing a ten-step plan to save the earth, this book encourages a more elemental rethinking of our connections to nature. Practical and poetic, scientific and spiritual, Full Ecology presents a strong, nourishing foundation for climate action.”

Full Ecology is full of hope and wisdom,” writes Alice Waters. “It is a much-needed guide to caring for ourselves and our community by caring for nature.”

Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson have each dedicated more than thirty years to exploring the world’s social and natural ecologies—Clare as a graduate professor of psychology and education, Ferguson as a nature and conservation-science writer. Clare is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, and with her PhD in psychological and cultural studies she has published more than 100 scholarly articles and two books. Ferguson is an award-winning and internationally recognized author of 26 books, most recently The Carry Home and The Eight Master Lessons of Nature. When not on the road or in the wilderness, the couple live in Bozeman, Montana.

To view the event, navigate to at 7 p.m. on June 16. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

Full Ecology will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event, online at Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to or call (406) 333-2330.