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Learn to read the outdoors

Tristan Gooley is much more than an author. He is an explorer, a guide, an educator, and he wants more people to learn the ancient ways of navigation and earth interpretation. Both his books are a few years old, but they are also timeless (foraging isn't nearly as fleeting as hashtags :)). His first American book, The Natural Navigator shows you how to find your way home, to water, or back to the car using ancient techniques. His second, The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, is described here:

"Gooley’s more than two decades of pioneering outdoor experience include research among the Dayak people of Borneo and the Tuareg of the Sahara. With his first book, The Natural Navigator, he started a renaissance in the rare art of reading nature’s clues.

Now, in The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs, Gooley has compiled more than 850 outdoor tips—many not found in any other book in the world—that will open readers’ eyes to nature’s hidden logic. He shares techniques for forecasting and tracking, and for walking in the country or city, along the coast, and by night. This is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!" -- publisher's description

Interested in permaculture?

More and more Yoopers are taking to permaculture practices in their own sustainable pursuits. One of permaculture's most exciting components is its multifaceted benefits to ecology and our food systems. The Permaculture Promise is a great primer to understanding how easily we can transition agriculture into a more permanent form.

"The Permaculture Promise explains in simple terms why permaculture may be the key to unlocking a livable future on our planet. Author Jono Neiger asserts that humans can thrive while simultaneously making Earth healthier and not destroying it. The book shows 22 ways that permaculture can create a better future for all living things. Profiles of people and communities — including an urban dweller who tore up her driveway to create a vegetable garden and a California housing development that dedicates a third of its land to parks, orchards, and gardens — will inspire you to incorporate permaculture principles into your life today." -- publisher's description