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Book recommendations from our prior newsletters


Texas Nature and Environmental Centers Guide by Dan Moulton
his book serves as an environmental education reference, and also as a nature center travel guide. It's a virtual short course on environmental science for non-scientists. Teachers and group leaders (including parents) can use this book to help plan field trips and locate educational resources. The appended Environmental Primer will familiarize you with major environmental issues facing us, and direct you to websites where you can learn more about specific environmental problems and potential solutions.
Available at local and online bookstores


A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bryson recounts his travails on trails as he and a friend walk part of the Appalachian Trail.  The comical yet heartfelt memoir is made all the more surreal by the fact that Bryson had no actual experience in hiking.  This classic is for hikers and non-hikers alike. - Kirk Miller
Available at most libraries, and at local and online bookstores


Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

This is a thought-provoking book that gives insight into why some conservatives think the way that they do.  I have wondered why some people seem (to me) to vote against their own interests, and this book showed me why. - Kirk Miller

Available at the Dallas, Richardson, and Plano libraries, and at local and online bookstores

Best Tent Camping: Texas: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization by Wendel Withrow

The Lone Star State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country, from the High Plains of the Panhandle to the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast.  But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy?  Which are the best for first-time campers?  Wendel Withrow has traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!  Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Texas. It's not only a guidebook; it's an escape manual for all who wish to navigate the back roads of Texas to find those special locales that recharge the head, heart, and soul. This guide is a keeper.

Available locally at REI and at Barnes & Noble, and online at  To get a signed copy of Wendel's book, contact him by email -


60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Dallas-Fort Worth by Joanie Sánchez

This detailed guide presents the best day-hikes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility, as well as information on the history and natural history of the area.

Available locally at REI and at Barnes & Noble, and online at


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