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Field Guides & Nature Handbooks

The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable." —Richard Louv

A boy is running through the woods, his bare feet kicking up dust on the beaten dirt path. In the concrete city the heat is oppressive, but here it is cool and quiet as he slides to a stop in the shade of a tall pine tree. He reaches into his back pocket and pulls out a field guide. Glancing at the bird's nest above, he thumbs through the pages. Is that a finch nest? He makes a mental note to return tomorrow and check its progress. 

Just one of the benefits of a field guide over a phone is that it doesn't run out of battery, doesn't need wifi, and is much less distracting. If you want your child to be out in nature, exploring and enjoying all that it has to offer, get them a field guide as a starting point for getting to know the world that God made.

Besides a handful of miscellaneous field guides, we intentionally carry three specific publishers. The Audubon Field Guides come from the well-respected National Audubon Society. These typically have a a full color photograph section in the front and the text-only field guide section in the back. This series is limited to about 20 titles, and are helpful to a broad audience, so we carry most of them. The Peterson field guides, famous for their patternistic identification system, typically have illustrations interspersed inside the book. There are a LOT of Peterson Guides, and they are often very specific, so while we only carry the First Guides (geared toward 1st-4th grade naturalists) and a few of their coloring books, we are more than happy to order full-fledged guides as well. For our local customers, the Timber Press field guides are amazing, featuring insects, animals, flowers, trees and mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Review by Lauren Shearer
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57 Items found Print
Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding - Volume 2
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Bumper Book of Nature
by Stephen Moss
1st edition from Crown Trade Paperbacks
for 1st-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guids: Birds
by Michael W. Robbins
from Workman Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Birds (Location: BSR-10B)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
Field Guide to Endangered Wildlife - Coloring Book
by Richard K. Walton
from Houghton Mifflin
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America
by Roger Conant
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 3rd-Adult
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Insects of the Pacific Northwest
Timber Press Field Guides
by Judy Haggard, Peter Haggard
from Timber Press, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Insects & Arachnids (Location: BSR-12B)
$24.95
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
by Joe Ammirati, Steve Trudell
1st edition from Timber Press, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$27.95
National Audubon Society Birdfeeder Handbook
by Robert Burton
from Covent Garden Books
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds: Eastern Region
2nd edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds: Western Region
National Audubon Society Field Guides
Revised from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 8th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95 $14.00 (1 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Butterflies
by Robert Michael Pyle
Chanticleer Press ed from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$22.95 $16.07 (1 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Fishes
2nd ed. from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders
by Lorus and Margery Milne
Later Printing from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95 $15.37 (1 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mammals
by John O. Whitaker
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 5th-10th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$22.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (old)
1st edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95 $12.00 (1 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Seashore Creatures
by Norman A Meinkoth
First Edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$22.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Shells
Reprint from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$22.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
First Edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest
National Audubon Society Field Guide
by Peter Alden & Dennis Paulson
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$18.00
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees: Eastern Region
Chanticleer Press Ed from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$21.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees: Western Region
by Elbert L. Little
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$20.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Weather
National Audubon Society Field Guides
by David Ludlum
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$20.95 $10.00 (2 in stock)
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region
2nd edition from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$19.95
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Western Region
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 7th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$22.95
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Fishes
by C. Lavett Smith
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Mammals
by John Grassy & Chuck Keene
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
North American Birdfeeder Handbook
National Audubon Society
by Robert Burton
2nd edition from DK Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in Birds (Location: BSR-10B)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
On the Lookout for Aquatic Invaders
by Scott Wiedemer, Samuel Chan
from Oregon State University Press
for 6th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
One Small Square: Cactus Desert
One Small Square
by Donald Silver & Patricia Wynne
from McGraw-Hill
for 1st-3rd grade
in Deserts & Grasslands (Location: BSR-08D)
$10.00
One Small Square: Coral Reef
One Small Square
by Donald Silver
from McGraw-Hill
for 1st-3rd grade
in Oceanography & Marine Biology (Location: BSR-05A)
$10.00
One Small Square: Swamp
One Small Square
by Donald Silver, Patricia Wynne
from McGraw-Hill
for 1st-3rd grade
in Jungles & Rainforests (Location: BSR-08B)
$11.00
One Small Square: Tropical Rain Forest
One Small Square
by Donald Silver, Patricia Wynne
from McGraw-Hill
for 1st-3rd grade
in Jungles & Rainforests (Location: BSR-08B)
$10.00
Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book: Deserts
by Lynn Hassler Kaufman & Kenn Kaufman
from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$2.00 (3 in stock)
Peterson Field Guide Coloring Book: Forests
Peterson Field Guide Coloring Books
by John C. Kricher, Sara Bennett
from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Science & Health (Location: ACL)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Peterson Field Guide to Insects
Peterson Field Guides
by Donald J. Borror, Richard E. White
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 6th-Adult
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$19.00
Peterson Field Guide: Birds - Coloring Book
Peterson Field Guide Color-In Books
by Peter C. Alden & Roger Tory Peterson
from Houghton Mifflin
for 9th-Adult
in Birds (Location: BSR-10B)
$8.95
Peterson First Guide to Astronomy
Peterson First Guide
by Jay M. Pasachoff
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America
by Amy Bartlett Wright
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Peterson First Guide to Clouds and Weather
by Roger Tory Peterson, Vincent J. Schaefer
from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Fishes of North America
Peterson First Guide
by Michael Filisky
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Insects
Peterson First Guide
by Christopher Leahy
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 4th-8th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
Peterson First Guide to Mammals of North America
by Peter Alden
3rd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 3rd-6th grade
in Mammals (Location: BSR-09E)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians
Peterson First Guide
by Joseph T. Collins, Robert C. Stebbins, Roger Conant
from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
Peterson First Guide to Seashores
Peterson First Guide
by John C. Kricher
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Shells of North America
by Jackie Leatherbury Douglass
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Trees
by George A. Petrides
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Peterson First Guide to Urban Wildlife
Peterson First Guide
by Sarah B. Landry
Reissue from Houghton Mifflin
for 1st-4th grade
in Field Guides & Nature Handbooks (Location: C08-09F)
$7.95
Smithsonian Nature Guide to Birds
by David Burnie
from DK Publishing
for 5th-Adult
in Birds (Location: BSR-10B)
$14.95
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