Broda, Herbet W.Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in ActionSince Herb Broda published Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning, his groundbreaking first book on outdoor learning, many schools across North America have embraced the benefits of "greening" their learning programs. Herb has visited dozens of these schools and nature centers, and he showcases the very best examples of schoolyard-enhanced learning in action in his new book Moving the Classroom Outdoors, complete with photos of a wide variety of outdoor learning environments.
Carperter, Novella
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
The Penguin Press
"For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers’ market, Carpenter’s story will capture your heart. And if you’ve ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits, or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers’ tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do."

Comstock, Anna Botsford
Handbook of Nature-Study
Comstock Publishing Associates
859 pages
I will be spending much time with this book. My teaching methods have more of a historic basis than I have realized. -Heather Taylor
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Coyne, Kelly and Erik Knutzen
The Urban Homestead
Process Media
308 pages
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. A must-have reference, with ideas aplenty for all interests and skill levels. While I personally won't be trying "humanure," I will definitely be making some raised beds outside on a grass strip in front of the garden to feed the neighbors, including the large number of homeless going by on their way to the Recycling Center. I'm also finally all excited about composting! Tons of practical advice.

Gray, Peter
Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
New York: Basic Books
274 pages
"Each young organism depends, of course, on its environment, but its way of using that environment comes from within itself."
I found this book to be massively inspirational. It contains ideas big and small- those that educators and parents can implement the very next times they interact with children (I did!) and those that will sit in the back of your brain, fermenting and guiding one over a lifetime. Indeed, the ideas are so rational, well-researched, and well-presented it would be impossible or even cruel to deny further action. We all have a part to play. Gray provides a hearty bibliography for further study. I appreciate the biological and anthropological backgrounds provided as evidence for promoting play, freedom, and democracy in children's lives. -Heather Taylor
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Latham, Laure
Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area and Best Hikes with Kids: Colorado
Mountaineers Books
288 pages
Reviews point to the ease of use of these books for finding trails appropriate for even young children with easily accessible features for families, such as parking, restrooms, and nature centers.
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Meier, Daniel R. and Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, eds.
Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice
232 pages
In this edited book experienced early childhood educators offer practical insights and advice for pre- and in-service educators and the interested public in exploring nature with young children. Chapters cover ages from infant to preschooler. I wrote chapter 10: Promoting Play in a School Garden and Using a Blog to Document Children's Nature Explorations.
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Moore, Robin C. and Wong, Nerb H.
Natural Learning: Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching
This is the classic sourcebook for how to transform an asphalt playground into a rich, relevant and natural place for learning. This ten-year life history of Washington Elementary School’s environmental schoolyard in Berkeley is a must-read story today. The concepts here can be applied to backyards, city parks, schoolyards and more.

Muir, John
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
Atlantic Monthly Company
The Board of Regents of the Wisconsin University System
228 pages
What better way to learn the ways of the naturalist than an autobiography from one of our dearest? A wonderful lesson in the histories of education and America at that.
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Gross, Phyllis and Esther P. Railton
Teaching Science in an Outdoor Environment: Handbook for Students, Parents, Teachers, & Camp Leaders
University of California Press
188 pages
I have to admit that I have not read this book cover-to-cover. In fact, I browsed it and can't wait to get a chance to dig in! Why my excitement? The snippets contained herein are EXACTLY what I've come to discover as the BEST ways of teaching outdoors! I have been developing my own methods for so long... And here is the reference that could save a lot of time, headache, and heartache!

Louv, Richard
Last Child in the Woods
Algonquin Books
390 pages
This journalist is spawning the outdoor revolution! This book is an absolute must-read!
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Moore, Robin C. and Herb H. Wong
Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard
MIG Communications
280 pages
This outlines the entire process of the creation (and later destruction) of the Environmental Yard at Washington School in Berkeley, CA in the 1970s. Since it is a public school, they faced many hurdles but overcame them and created an amazing learning environment WITH the children and neighbors.

Stone, Michael K.
Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability
Center for Ecoliteracy
214 pages
This book presents a vision for education which is deeply rooted in the ideas that "the best hope for learning to live sustainably lies in schooling returning to the real basics, experiencing the natural world, understanding how nature sustains life, nurturing healthy communities, recognizing the consequences of how we feed ourselves and provision our institutions; knowing well the places where we live, work and learn".

Sobel, David
Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators
In "Childhood and Nature," Sobel argues that meaningful connections with the natural world begin in our own backyards and communities. Based on his observations of play themes around the world, he details seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children. Also: See Sobel’s other important books, including those on ecophobia and place-based education.


Barefoot Books
I love reading story books outdoors with the children! Barefoot Books offer a wide variety of of them, all beautifully printed and illustrated and socially- and environmentally-conscious. In the East Bay, California, Ambassador Helen Tadeo offers educators a 15% discount and fundraising opportunities.


Smith, Arthur C., General Editor
California Natural History Guides
University of California Press
These out-of-print books are gems as references to California's natural history!

Golden Nature Guides
Golden Press
These books are gems as references to America's natural history!