Like millions of people across the world, Idahoans have been asked to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. While essential workers in healthcare, public services and other sectors remain on the frontlines of Idaho’s pandemic response, the best thing others can do to help protect our neighbors, families, friends, and communities is to stay home. While outdoor activities close-to-home are currently still allowed in Idaho, please refrain from visiting places across the state that are overwhelmed with out-of-towners, too remote to visit safely, or are facing closures.  

In a time when social distancing and travel restrictions keep us apart from one another and the landscapes that make us whole, books and other media can allow us to travel to special places and find connection. If you find yourself seeking distraction or enrichment in these stressful times, here are a few recommendations from the Idaho Conservation League staff. 

Wondering how to access books right now? Call your local bookstore and see if they offer curbside pick-up or delivery options. And don’t forget your library! Although Idaho libraries are closed to the public right now, they have lots of online resources, including ways to download books onto your device and audiobooks. Check out the Libby app to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local library.

Conservation Reads

Activism and Civic Engagement 


  • Hannah enjoyed Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, an acclaimed story of sisters growing up lakeside in North Idaho. 
  • Ben Otto (Energy Associate), Julia Rundberg (Director of Finance and Administration) and Jonathan Oppenheimer (External Relations Director) are all currently reading Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Overstory, an ambitious novel about activism, resistance, and, most of all, trees. 

Other Nonfiction 


  • The Anthropocene Reviewed hosted by John Greene never fails to help Emerald feel a little closer to the world. 
  • Don’t forget that ICL has our own podcast, hosted by Hannah and Haley: Wild Idaho! 


  • Scott and Hannah recommend The Dawn Wall, now streaming on Netflix, a climbing documentary about partnership, sacrifice, and achievement on the epic scale of El Capitan in Yosemite. 
  • If you missed your local screening of Patagonia’s Artifishal, don’t worry! The film is available to watch on YouTube for free. Though this is a provocative and hard-hitting film, we hope this film starts, not ends, important conversations about Idaho’s fish.