Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2012: Darby Nelson

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Darby was born and raised in Minnesota and is a freelance writer and conservation volunteer.  He received his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology at the University of Minnesota and taught biology and environmental science at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 35 years.  Darby served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator, being the first candidate to ever earn the support of the Conservation Minnesota Voter Fund.

Most recently, Darby has been named a Minnesota Book Award Finalist for his creative non-fiction book, For Love of Lakes.

For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. The book is an affectionate account documenting our long relationship with lakes—their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. This is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature.

For Love of Lakes is beautifully written, and has been winning the hearts of everyone who reads it.  Copies are flying off the shelves.  But Darby won’t see a dime of the royalties.  That’s because he and his wife Geri have decided to donate all of their proceeds to Conservation Minnesota.

Find more information about For Love of Lakes and Darby at

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