Nature Nook Book Group

Nature Nook Book Group was started by a group of friends from the Indiana Master Naturalist Class of 2012 in Elkhart County as a way to connect monthly while reading books and learning more about natural topics. The group started in January 2013 and generally meets on the 4th Thursday of every month at Woodlawn Nature Center.

Nature Nook Book Group is open to anyone interested in nature. While reading the
chosen books can be helpful, it is not necessary to read the books to attend the discussion. A Woodlawn staff member is present at all meetings and can access Woodlawn Nature Center’s collections as needed to illustrate concepts discussed in the books.


2016 Schedule and Books



Jan. The Daily Coyote, Shreve Stockton

Feb. Guide to Caves and Karsts in Indiana

Mar. Natural Heritage of Indiana

Apr. The Secret Life of Backyard Bugs

May Any Foxfire book

June 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin

July What the Robin Knows

Aug. Gray Mountain, John Grisham

Sept. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

Oct. A Walk in the Woods, Bryson

Nov. Birdology, Sy Montgomery

Dec. Voices in the Ocean, Casey

Past Nature Reads

Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald and Lillian Stokes

Anthill by E.O. Wilson

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

any book about wildflowers

Lost Woods by Rachel Carson

Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer’s Journal by David Kline and Wendell Berry

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul

Autumn: Season of Change by Peter Marchand

Running Dry: A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River  by Jonathan Waterman

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David Haskell

any book about nature photography, such as Ansel Adams, John Shaw, Muench, etc.


Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region by Allen Kurta

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

(included a field trip to the state historic site with a tour of her gardens and home)

Life in the Soil by James B. Nardi

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

America as Seen by its First Explorers: The Eyes of Discovery by John Bakeless

Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves by Farley Mowat

Keepers of the ___________ by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

(Native American traditional stories, combined with ways to teach nature and environmental education. We’ll all read one chapter of one of the books to present and share.)

Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich

Walden: (Or Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau

Alone: The Journey of the Boy Sims by Alan K. Garinger

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose

The Dunes, any book based loosely on the Indiana Dunes, such as Dune Country: A Hiker’s Guide To The Indiana Dunes, The Dune Country, Dune Boy: The Early Years of a Naturalist, or Diana of the Dunes (IN): The True Story of Alice Gray.

The Trees by Conrad Richter

Pond and Brook: A Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments by Michael J. Caduto

A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russel Sanders

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv

Wild Edibles–You Pick!
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides)Stalking The Wild Asparagus
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
The Herb Book

Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day by Diane Ackerman

Any book by John Muir–You pick!

December 18, 2014, 6:30-8:00 pm, Art of the Earth: Ancient Arts for a Green Future by Elizabeth Hyatt or other Environmental Art related book