Educating for Sustainability

Recommended Books and Other Resources
for Educators and Parents

Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.

Berry, Wendell. Our Only World. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2015.

Capra, Fritjof. The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living. New York: Anchor Books, 2002.

Carson, Rachel. The Sense of Wonder. Berkeley, CA: The Nature Company, 1990.

Chawla, Louise. “Learning to Love the Natural World Enough to Protect It,” The Journal Barn. Trondheim, Norway: Norwegian Centre for Child Research, 2006. (­documents/­10458/­19133135/­Chawla1.pdf.)

Cobb, Edith. The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.

Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children. 2nd edition, revised and expanded. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 1998.

Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children II. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 1989.

Cornell, Joseph. Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2014.

Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2015.

Crawford, Matthew. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.

Dewey, John. Experience and Education. New York: Touchstone, 1997.

Harding, Stephan. Animate Earth. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2006.

Holdrege, Craig. Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne, 2013.

Jackson, Wes. Nature as Measure. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2011.

Kimmerer, Robin W. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.  Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, October 2013.

Kimmerer, R.W. “Searching for Synergy: Integrating traditional and scientific ecological knowledge in environmental science education,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2(4):317-323. New York, NY: Springer US, 2012. (doi:10.1007/s13412-012-0091-y.)

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac. New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005.

Louv, Richard. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2016.

Orr, David. Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2004.

Nabhan, Gary and Stephen Trimble. The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1994.

Pyle, Robert Michael. The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland. New York: Lyons Press, 1993.

Rawson, Martyn, Tobias Richter and Kevin Avison, Editors. The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum. Edinburgh, UK: Floris Books, 2014.

Rowe, Stan. Essays on Ecology. Edmonton, Alberta: NeWest Press, 2006.

Russell, George K., Editor. Children and Nature: Making Connections. Great Barrington, MA: The Myrin Institute, 2014.

Sobel, David. Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society and The Myrin Institute, 1996.

Sobel, David. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, 2004.

Sobel, David. “Look, Don’t Touch,” Orion Magazine. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, July/August, 2012. ( )

Sterling, Stephen. Sustainable Education: Re-visioning Learning and Change. Cambridge, UK: Green Books, 2001.

Stories in the Land: A Place-Based Environmental Education Anthology. Introductory essay by John Elder. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, 1998.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walking. (Available from a variety of publishers.)

Uhl, Christopher. Developing Ecological Consciousness. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

Vitek, Bill and Wes Jackson (editors). The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 2008.

Wells, Nancy M. and Kristi Lekies. “Nature and the Life Course: Pathways from Childhood Nature Experiences to Adult Environmentalism,” Children, Youth and Environments (16)1: pp. 1-24. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado, 2006. (http://www.­­pdf/­NatureAndTheLifeCourse.pdf.)

Wessels, Tom. Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 1997.

Wilson, Ruth A. “Starting Early: Environmental Education during the Early Childhood,” ERIC Digest. ERIC Columbus, OH: Clearinghouse for Science Mathematics and Environmental Education, 1996. (­1998-1/­early.htm)

Zwinger, Ann. Into the Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching. Great Barrington, MA: The Orion Society, 1999.

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