There is always more to learn about the environment and the natural history of Maryland. This list consists of voluntary contributions from various sources and is meant as a reference for beginners and experts alike. If you would like to add an item please email Joy Rafey at Thank you!

Books (listed alphabetically by author)

  • Our Natural History:  The Lessons of Lewis & Clark, Daniel Botkin
  • Swampwalker’s Journal:  A Wetlands Year, David M. Carroll
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • Seeing Flowers, Teri Dunn Chace
  • What a Plant Knows:  A Field Guide to the Senses, David Chamovitz
  • City of Trees:  The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., Third Edition, Melanie Choukas Bradley
  • An Illustrated Guide to Woodland Wildflowers and Trees:  350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, Melanie Choukas-Bradley
  • Sugarloaf:  The Mountain's History, Geology and Natural Lore, Melanie Choukas Bradley
  • The Forest Unseen:  A Year’s Watch in Nature, David George Haskell
  • The Homing Instinct:  Meaning & Mystery in Animal Migration, Bernd Heinrich
  • Summer World, Bernd Heinrich
  • Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
  • An Island Out of Time:  A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake, Tom Horton
  • Chesapeake: Bay of Light: An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places, Tom Horton
  • Turning the Tide:  Saving the Chesapeake Bay, Tom Horton
  • Water's Way:  Life Along the Chesapeake, Tom Horton
  • Seeing Trees, Nancy Ross Hugo
  • The Woods in Your Backyard:  Natural Areas Around Your Home, Jonathan Kays, et. al.
  • A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  • Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv
  • The Nature Principle:  Reconnecting with Life in a Digital Age, Richard Louv
  • A Year Across Maryland, Brian MacKay
  • Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, Curt Meine
  • Life in the Soil:  A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners, James Nardi
  • Noah’s Garden:  Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards, Sara Stein
  • Planting Noah’s Garden, Sara Stein
  • Where the Wild Things Were, William Stolzenburg
  • The Shrub Identification Book, George W.D. Symonds
  • The Tree Identification Book, George W.D. Symonds
  • Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Interpreting Our Heritage, Freeman Tilden
  • The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place, Ned Tillman
  • Saving the Places We Love, Ned Tillman
  • Leaning Sycamores, Jack Wennerstrom
  • Soldiers Delight Journal:  Exploring a Globally Rare Ecosystem, Jack Wennerstrom

Books for Children

  • B is for Blue Crab:  A Maryland Alphabet
  • Curtis the Crab:  A Chesapeake Bay Adventure, Cindy Freland
  • Jordan the Jellyfish: A Chesapeake Bay Adventure, Cindy Freland
  • Hands-On Nature:  Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children, Jenepher Lingelbach
  • 26 Things That Bug Me, Michael J. Raupp
  • Nature’s Children:  A Resource List pdf, Sue Williams

Guides & Keys

  • Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates:  A Guide to North American Species, Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney
  • Lang Elliott’s Sound Books with CDs, including The Songs of Wild Birds, The Songs of Insects, Etc.
  • Peterson Field Guides – Assorted Topics, sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
  • Peterson First Guides (condensed versions of the Peterson Field Guides) – Assorted Topics, sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
  • Peterson Flash Guides – Assorted Topics, sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
  • Bark:  A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast, Michael Wojtech

Online Resources

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