Each journey to understanding is guided and illuminated by a wealth of stories, information, and wisdom passed on by others. Collected in our resources section you’ll find a wide range of books, websites, programs, and shared experiences that have helped us in our own learning journeys. If you have any suggestions for things to add, please contact us.

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Below are a list of resources that will help you dive deeper into the pedagogy and spirit behind Crow’s Path. This is followed by a short list of great kids books and a sampling of field guides. The list is by no means exhaustive and there are plenty of non-written resources that are equally valuable. We’re always looking to learn, so if you see a notable absence among the list, please let us know!

Kids Books

Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
Armstrong Sperry’s Call it Courage
George Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals
Byrd Baylor’sThe Other Way to Listen
Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet
Sterling North’s Rascal
Asa Earl Carter’s Education of Little Tree

Young Adult Adventure/Fiction

Jim Corbett’s Jungle Lore
Margaret Craven, I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Books on Nature Mentoring

Jon Young’s Coyote’s Guide
Joseph Cornell’s Sharing Nature with Children
Bill Plotkin’s Nature and the Human Soul
Richard Luov’sLast Child in the Woods
Camilla Rockwell’sMother Nature’s Child

Field Guides

Tom Wessell’s Reading the Forested Landscape
Mary Holland’s Naturally Curious
Liz Thompson’s Wetland, Woodland, Wildland
Mark Elbroch’s Mammal Tracks and Sign
Charlie Eiseman’s Insect Tracks and Sign

Resources for Learning Primitive Skills

Thomas Elpel’s Participating in Nature
Tom Brown Jr’s Wilderness Survival
Mark Elbroch’s Wilderness Survival
David Wescott’s Primitive Technology
Jim Hamm’s Traditional Bowyer’s Bible

Amazing Biographies of naturalists/adventurers/explorers

Roy Chapman Andrews, Under a Lucky Star
Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,
HW Bates, The Naturalist on the River Amazons
Tom Brown Jr, The Tracker
Susan Fenimore Cooper, Rural Hours
Dian Fossey, Gorillas in the Mist
Peter Fromm, Indian Creek Chronicles
Bernd Heinrich, In a Patch of Fireweed
Bernd Heinrich, A Year in the Maine Woods
James Gordon Hindes,
So Clear, So Cool, So Grand, A 1931 Hike on VT’s LT
Hannah Holmes, Suburban Safari
Hoover, A Place in the Woods
Sue Hubbell, A Country Year
Peter Jenkins, A Walk Across America
Anne LaBastille, Woodswoman
Robert Leslie, The Bears and I
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways
John McPhee, Coming into the Country
Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf
Sterling North, Rascal
Sigurd Olson, Of Time and Place
Dorothy Richards, Beaversprite
Schaller, A Naturalist and Other Beasts
Lynn Schooler, Walking Home
Spruch, Squirrels at My Window
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
Zwinger, Run River Run
Kroeber, Ishi in Two Worlds

Digital Media

We are huge proponents of appropriate technologies and digital media as supplements to field experience. Over the last 20 years, huge strides have been made in communicating scientific knowledge to the general public, largely through advancements in our thinking around visual media’s role in bridging the abstract with the concrete. Include below are some highlights of things well worth watching.

Movies, Videos, Nature series

Nanook of the North
Fast Runner
Winged Migration
PBS’s Life of Mammals
PBS’s Shape of Life
Nova’s Elegant Universe
The Great Dance

Movies, Videos, Nature series

Wild Burlington – A phenology-based blog that focuses on discovering wildness and exploring natural history in urban spaces. – Citizen science project with range maps, observations, and lots more on every species of bird. – Amazing resource with an identification forum (post photos and experts will tell you what the insect is) – Less useful, but still a good citizen science resource. Post all sorts of natural history observations.
Project Squirrel – An awesome project to look more closely at one of our most magnetic wild neighbors.

Apps for phones

While we’re not huge fans of natural history apps as they tend to override curiosity and the drive to look more closely, a few help inspire.

Leaf Snap
Beyond Planet Earth
Star Map