Understanding Nature takes a bit of research and reading…

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” -Frank Lloyd Wright-

This list of books is compiled with a naturalist’s point of view in mind. Recommendations are always welcome in the comments section. Please share titles of nature-related books that are helpful or meaningful for you. It would be great to have a short description and why you like the book.

Please use drop-down menu or click on a bullet item below to access book information:



  1. Hi, Jane: Upon this recommendation, I picked up a copy of Natural Grace. Haven’t gotten much of a chance to sit down with it, but it looks like I’ll enjoy reading it. Thanks for compiling this list.

    1. Hello Jim-
      Thank you for wandering over to this corner of my blog 🙂 I’ve always had a passion for books as well! When I retired from teaching I gave away literally hundreds of books to my students so they could start their own collections at home; and dozens of books to new teachers so they could start their own resource libraries.

      Now that I’m learning to be a Naturalist… my new library begins!!! Digital reading is not enough… we must have the old-fashioned paper as well. Wouldn’t you agree?

      Check back once and a while to see how this collection is going; I’m always excited to get recommendations for books as well.


      1. I have yet to invest in a Kindle, so most of my reading is still paper based books. I like traditional books they don’t need charging, no need to wait for downloads, if you drop them in the bath it is not as bad as dropping an electronic device in the bath….all they require is some light and the ability to read. I always have at least one book in my bag to read on the metro or anywhere I have some time. My blog is mostly a mix of photos (I always carry my camera too) and book reviews.
        The wildlife here in post-Soviet Georgia, I would imagine is very different to North Western US, and there are few books in English. I do have a good book about the vultures of the region, but that is the exception rather than the rule.

  2. Thanks for this, Jane! Looks like lots of good guides. “A Sand County Almanac” – that’s THE Bible for all the nature-converted – and it’s author, Aldo Leopold nature’s Number One Prophet in the 20th Century. (Who do you think will earn the honors in the 21st?)

    1. Hello Kathlin-
      I’m delighted you visited this little section of my blog.
      This list from The New Nature Movement may have the answer to your question.

      I’m intrigued by many of the titles. Perhaps one of the books that helps to inspire children into respecting and encompassing the Natural World into their lives will be a key piece of writing.

    1. Iris, I will have to agree with you whole-heartedly on this! We’ve enjoyed the diverse eco-systems found throughout the Northwest and still find new discoveries even after living here for over 40 years 🙂

      Completion of the Oregon State University coursework to become an Oregon Master Naturalist has been especially enlightening!

    1. Thank you for sharing the feedback here, Judy. You provide inspiration to continue building this section of the blog-site! I love having these three magazine columns but have struggled with how to best use this space. The Nature Media idea is a new thought, so I am happy you left your thoughts. More will continue to be added 🙂

      Do you have any nature guides to recommend that are your favorites?

        1. Thank you for the recommendation, Judy. I purchased a copy and added the title to the Nature Media selections. I am in awe of Leopold’s writing style; he paints strong images with his words. His love, admiration, respect, and understanding of the Natural World is already evident… I am still in the beginning section where he describes seasonal observations of the nature cycles evident on his prairie farmlands.

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