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Listening to Nature 
Nature Journal 

Eco-Sabbath Resources

In Listening to Nature by Joseph Cornell. This book focuses on meditation and how to become in touch with all your natural surroundings. Cornell guides adolescents and adults toward a deeper connection and relationship with the natural world. In Listening to Nature, you will learn not mere facts about nature, but how to get the feel of nature through inspiring quotations from famous naturalists, stunning photography, and Cornell's popular nature awareness activities. The book gives you a direct, personal experience of the wonder and joy of nature. 

Keeping a Nature Journal by Claire Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth.  This is an easy to use guide for different techniques for sketching the nature that surrounds us all. The journal is a place to grow your thoughts, feelings, ideas, activities, observations, and relationship with the natural world. Keeping a nature journal will give you an opportunity to interpret your inner thoughts out into the natural world.

Leavings: Poems by Wendell Berry. This is a collection of poems that has a central theme of nature. Set against deforestation and mountaintop removal in the Kentucky hills, these poems mourn the very real loss of entire natural systems. Leavings is an interweaving of art and work with the natural rhythms of living and dying.

Additional Resources

How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook by Susan Leigh Tomlinson. This guide offers instructions on how to keep a field notebook. 

365 Days of Nature and Discovery by Phil Gates and Gaden Robinson. This book is about discovering nature everyday.  

The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson. Photographs complement Carson's account of adventures with her young nephew such as walking along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight and storm clouds, and listening to the "living music" of insects in the underbrush.

The Wild Within by Paul Rezendes. Rezendes shares his own story of evolving from motorcycle gang leader to Zen woodsman and reveals how to live within the natural world, even in an urban setting.

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. Williams creates a lyrical and caring meditation of the mystery of her mother's journals by asking what it means to "have a voice." 

Essential Muir by Fred D. White.  

Swarm Tree: of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life by Doug Elliott. This lively collection by celebrated storyteller Doug Elliott offers readers a blend of natural history and heartfelt, hilarious takes on life. 

Poet Tree by Ilan Shamir. This book focuses on wilderness stories and poems.

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver. This collection presents 47 new poems, all written within the last two years, and each exhibiting the power and grace that have become the hallmarks of Oliver's work.

New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver. This is volume two of the above and features 42 new poems. 

Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint by Femida Handy and Carole Carpenter. Sandy learns about her eco-footprint and the responsibility she has to shrink it.