The best books about humans connection with nature 📚

Browse the best books on humans connection with nature as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Woodcraft: A practical celebration of the tree

Woodcraft: A practical celebration of the tree

By John Rhyder

Why this book?

Nature connection is not just about meditating in a woodland—it’s about reconnecting to our past and working with the resources we have in the natural world around us. This book will help readers learn all the different crafts and activities they can participate in—and even more importantly, it will teach them sustainable harvesting practices.

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Living Druidry

By Emma Restall Orr

Why this book?

Many people feel a spiritual connection with nature and plants, but they don’t have a framework for understanding it. This book will help readers connect with plants on a spiritual level by following the author through her own nature-based practices. It may or may not be for you, but it will certainly give you a new perspective on nature and the outdoors.

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Book cover of The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

By Anna Hess

Why this book?

Even if you aren’t interested in becoming fully self-sufficient, this book is an eye-opening and exciting look at the possibilities available to us. Growing our own food (even some of it) can help us to reconnect with nature. It’s also very empowering.

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Book cover of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate –Discoveries from a Secret World

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate –Discoveries from a Secret World

By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst

Why this book?

Peter Wohlleben is a forester who shares his remarkable observations of trees. Trees have a language—they communicate by chemicals from root to branch, and send scent warnings to other trees. For humans, the forest is more than beautiful; forest air is actually cleaner because the trees filter it. Wohlleben acknowledges the under-appreciated role of the soil microbial communities that keep forests alive, their heat production warming the roots in winter. Amazingly, trees even need “sleep” at night as we do. Producing light at night, as in cities, is not good for trees. As a scientist, I might question Wohlleben’s points…

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The best books about trees and stars, and the scientists who love them

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Book cover of Walking the Great North Line: From Stonehenge to Lindisfarne to Discover the Mysteries of Our Ancient Past

Walking the Great North Line: From Stonehenge to Lindisfarne to Discover the Mysteries of Our Ancient Past

By Robert Twigger

Why this book?

Nature connection is also about having adventures in the outdoors. What better way to plan new outdoor adventures than to be inspired by someone else’s? This book follows the author on an unconventional new route through England.

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