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Reading Recommendations

Rachel Carson

A lot of us have been spending more time inside in the last few months than we're used to. In honor of Earth Day a few weeks ago, CFPA staff decided to put together a reading/watching/listening list for all of you! These are our favorite Earth-related gems for you to try. We hope you enjoy them!


Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway. "It's a fantastic read. I think it fits the day and our times since one of its major themes is the healing power of nature." -Jim Little, Development Director

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. "Great look into the world of a female geobiologist and interesting facts about plants." -Lindsay Suhr, Land Conservation Director

The Riverkeepers by John Cronin and Robert F Kennedy, Jr. "Great read for conservation advocates fighting for clean water, air, or land who might need their batteries re-charged. Yes, a small group of dedicated people really CAN make a difference!" -Eric Hammerling, Executive Director

The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction by David Quammen. "Quammen is a great writer and has a brilliant way of breaking down complex biological concepts. His writing style is perfect for the layperson. And it makes you wonder, are we each our own island?" -Clare Cain, Trail Stewardship Director

Silent Spring or The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson. "Any book by Rachel Carson! Specifically Silent Spring as the classic, but The Sense of Wonder is my favorite. And Rachel, The Story of Rachel Carson is a great children's book!" -Beth Bernard, Education Director

The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events that Shaped our Earth by Walter Alvarez. "Fantastic read and engaging (yes, even to people who aren't rock nerds like me) about our planet, written by the man who established the Impact Theory concerning the extinction of the dinosaurs." -Brennan Turner, Field Coordinator


Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees. "Ever wonder why you feel so good after a walk in the woods? I learned so much from watching this. Science, mythology, spectacular cinematography, it's all here!" -Terri Peters, Office Manager


The Wild with Chris Morgan. "I love the variety of things they cover, from cougars to 'forest therapy' to polar bears. Each episode is a new story!" -Amelia Graham, Development Assistant