Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about candy, cards or flowers, but can instead be about “Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont.” The lecture will be presented by John Elder, professor emeritus of Middlebury College.

Elder, considered by some to be one of the most beloved and influential writers of the 20th century, also was an extremely perceptive observer of natural patterns. His ecological insights enrich the beauty and intricacy of his poems while also heightening his reader’s own understanding of northern New England’s densely forested landscape.

The lecture is presented as part of the second annual public lecture series titled “Interdisciplinary Explorations – The Idea of Nature.”

The talk will be in the Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union Building at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Admission is free