Suggested work & readings to take you 'Above & Beyond" in this class and in your study of the Environment.

Warner Parks Nature Center
Visit the Nature Center website for upcoming extension programs (Insect viewing, hikes, collections, field days)

Tennessee Environmental Council (website)
Get involved in community events and education for a better environment. Participate in a seminar, waterway clean up day, or learn about upcoming Policies.

Read A Book
If you have extra time (especially over school holidays!) pick up one of these fascinating reads that ties into our class and Environmental studies.


Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson- classic, world-changing narrative about human effects on the environment
Cradle to Cradle by McDonough & Braungart- a skimming book about living "Green" and Green Architecture in this century
A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson- a fun, lighthearted story about the history of and hiking the Appalachian Trail
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver- one family's goal to eat only locally-grown food for an entire year
Any Peterson Field Guide but you might be interested in a Plant or Animal guide specifically
Statistics for Terrified Biologists- a short guide to understanding the use of Statistics
Any book by E.O. Wilson (Harvard Professor, Pulitzer Prize winner, and world-renowned naturalist)
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan- A journalist follows several food routes and uncovers where all of our food originates and how it is processed
The Making Of The Fittest by Sean Carroll- examples and descriptions of evolution studies and evolutionary history of many animals on the planet today
Earth In The Balance by Al Gore- Gore's 1992 book on maintaining environmental balance.
Last Child In The Woods by Richard Louv- addressing "nature deficit disorder" and the value of being outdoors
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman- the Pulitzer Prize winning author brings it all together again in this book about the importance of a strong energy policy to America staying strong in the global economy
Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin- amazingly true story about the effect of education on rural poverty and one person's mission to promote peace for all people (+ great information about climbing and the history of climbing Everest & K2)
Into The Wild by John Krakauer- another great climbing story, chronicling Christopher McCandless' journey into the Alaskan bush, where he eventually died while trying to survive on his own, fully living in the wild.
Half the Sky by WuDunn and Kristof. Graphic novel, please see me before you choose to read this book.
The World Without Us by Weisman. A fantasy book about what the world would be like in the coming future if humans were completely eliminated from the planet today.
Unquenchable by Robert Glennon
Water by Alice Outwater
The Future of Life by E. O. Wilson
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. This was High School reading for Ms. Tuttle when she took AP Environmental Science!
Something New Under the Sun by J. R. McNeill
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester Brown. My sister read this book in college and found it to be a wonderful summary of global problems that will take human responsibility to solve. This book is also available chapter by chapter on the web (just search for it).
Sustainability Without The Hot Air by David MacKay. A book describing the possibilities and issues with each type of energy source and alternative. Also available as a free book online.
Eaarth by Bill McKibben- a newly published book describing all environmental problems to date and our current global situation
The Naturalist by E.O. Wilson
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Ocean Warrior by Paul Watson
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
Encounters With The Archdruid by John McPhee
Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard by Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
Confessions of a Landfill Apologist