Below are articles, ideas, and resources to help families enjoy the outdoors.

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Outdoor Crafts

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Outdoor Info

The Nature Brain Connection

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Here are some of our favorite resources, organizations, tutorials, and more from around the web to help you make the most of your time outside enjoying the beauty of nature. We welcome feedback and suggestions at  Enjoy your outdoor adventure and share your photos and stories with us.

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On the Trails:


Reading List

Families, foodies, teachers, outdoorsy people, hikers, gardeners, and nature lovers: choose one (or ten) of our books for inspiration, information and enjoyment!

We are constantly updating our reading list and would love your suggestions at  Happy reading!

  • My Side of the Mountain, Jean George
  • Island Sting, Bonnie, Doerr
  • Acting For Nature, Sneed Collard III and Action for Nature
  • Flush, Carl Hiaasen
  • Hoot, Carl Hiassen
  • Scat, Carl Hiaasen
  • The River, Carl Hiaasen
  • Nature Girl, Jane Kelley
  • Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  • Seedfolks, Paul Fleishman
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon
  • The Great Kapok Tree:  A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest, Lynne Cherry
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • Double Whammy, Carl Hiassen
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat
  • Walking, Henry Thoreau
  • Survival Skills, Jean Ryan


  • Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods, Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  • The Forager’s Kitchen, Fiona Bird
  • A Perfect Day for a Picnic, Tori Finch
  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, Tristan Gooley
  • Eating Outdoors, Lindy Wildsmith and Martin Brigdale



  • The Woodland Garden, Robert Gillmore
  • The World in Your Garden, National Geographic Society
  • Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education, Michael Pollan
  • Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, David Mizejewski


For Kids and Parents:

  • The Kids Science Book, Robert Hirschfeld and Nancy White
  • Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting, Amy Jenkins
  • Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
  • 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!), National Geographic Kids
  • How the Weather Works, Michael Allaby
  • Life in Ponds and Streams, William Amos
  • Eyes Wide Open, Paul Fleishman
  • A Look at Rocks, Jo Kittinger
  • Townsend’s Warbler, Paul Fleishman
  • The Big Book of Bugs, Yuval Zommer
  • Miss Spider’s Tea Party, David Kirk
  • Sophie’s Masterpiece, Eileen Spinelli
  • Diary of a Spider, Doreen Cronin



  • Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, Claire Leslie and Charles Roth
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson
  • The Blue Wall: Wilderness of the Carolinas and Georgia, Thomas Wyche
  • Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration from Nature, Helen Correll
  • Quiet Reflections: The Clemson University Forest, John S. Garton and C. Thomas Wyche
  • Trapline Twins, Julie and Miki Collins
  • An Introduction to the Study of Insects, Norman Johnson and Charles Triplehorn
  • Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, John Lane
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide Series, various authors
  • Circling Home, John Lane
  • Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park (Travel Guide), Wendy Yanagihara
  • Two in the Far North, Margaret Murie
  • A Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural World, Gale Lawrence and Adelaide Tyrol
  • DK Eyewitness Series, various authors
  • Spiders and Their Kin, Herbert Levi, Lorna Levi and Nicholas Strekalovsky
  • Where Rivers Change Direction, Mark Spragg
  • National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond the Tourist Trail, National Geographic
  • Backyard and Beyond: A Guide for Discovering the Outdoors, Edward Duensing
  • Peterson Field Guide Series, various authors
  • Cycles of Nature, Thomas Wyche