Environmental education books


I was asked to share the most essential books on environmental education. I did not have such a list of books. So I put together some literature on environmental education that I consider important to understand this field. I have not read all of these books, but at least skimmed through them. Some of these publications are for researchers, others for educators. I would like to copy this list here, although this list is not complete, and probably it is missing some other important books. But I think some of these books could be included into a summer reading list for undergraduate students in environmental education programs, or could be useful for environmental educators. Please let me know if you want to add any other important environmental education books to this list:

  1. Ardoin, N., & Merrick, C. (2011-2012). Environmental education research bulletins. Issues 1-3, San Francisco: NatureBridge.
  2. Bakshi, T.S., & Naveh, Z. (Eds.). (1978). Environmental education: Principles, methods, and applications. New York: Plenum Press.
  3. Braus, J.A., & Wood, D. (1993). Environmental education in the schools: Creating a program that works. Washington, D.C.: NAAEE.
  4. Carson, R. (1965). The sense of wonder. New York: Harper & Row Publishers.
  5. Clarke, P. (2012). Education for sustainability: Becoming naturally smart. London: Routledge.
  6. Clayton, S., & Myers, G. (2009). Conservation psychology: Understanding and promoting human care for nature. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  7. Cornell, J.B. (1979). Sharing nature with children: A parents’ and teachers’ nature-awareness guidebook. Nevada City, California: Ananda Publications.
  8. Clover, D.E., de O. Jayme, B., Hall, B.L., & Follen, S. (2013). The nature of transformation: Environmental adult education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  9. Dickinson, J.L., & Bonney, R. (Eds.). (2012). Citizen science: Public participation in environmental research. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
  10. Elder, J.L. (2003). A field guide to environmental literacy: Making strategic investments in environmental education: Environmental Education Coalition.
  11. Falk, J.H., Heimlich, J.E., & Foutz, S. (Eds.). (2009). Free-choice learning and the environment. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.
  12. Goleman, D., Bennett, L., & Barlow, Z. (2012). Ecoliterate: How educators are cultivating emotional, social, and ecological intelligence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  13. Gruenewald, D.A., & Smith, G.A. (2008). Place-based education in the global age: Local diversity. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  14. Hayward, B.M. (2012). Children, citizenship and environment: Nurturing a democratic imagination in a changing world. London: Routledge.
  15. Hoot, J.L., & Szente, J. (Eds.). (2010). The Earth is our home: Children caring for the environment. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International.
  16. Hungerford, H.R., Bluhm, W.J., Volk, T.L., & Ramsay, K. (Eds.). (2001). Essential readings in environmental education (2nd ed.). Champain, Illinois: Stipes Publishing.
  17. Johnson, E.A., & Mappin, M.J. (Eds.). (2005). Environmental education and advocacy: Changing perspectives of ecology and education. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  18. Leou, M.J. (2005). Readings in environmental education: An urban model. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
  19. Louv R. (2008). Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. New York: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
  20. Louv, R. (2011). The nature principle: Human restoration and the end of nature-deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  21. Meier, D.R., & Sisk-Hilton, S. (Eds.). (2013). Nature education with young children: Integrating inquiry and practice. New York: Routledge.
  22. Nabhan, G.P., & Trimble, S. (1994). The geography of childhood: Why children need wild places. Boston: Beacon Press.
  23. Orr, D.W. (1992). Ecological literacy: Education and the transition to a postmodern world. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.
  24. Orr, D.W. (1994). Earth in mind: On education, environment, and the human prospect. Washington, DC: Island Press.
  25. Palmer, J.A. (1998). Environmental education in the 21st century: Theory, practice, progress and promise. London: Routledge.
  26. Palmer, J., & Neal, P. (1994). The handbook of environmental education. London: Routledge.
  27. Patrick, P.G., & Dale Tunnicliffe, S. (2013). Zoo talk. Dordrecht: Springer.
  28. Rickinson, M., Lundholm, C., & Hopwood, N. (2009). Environmental learning: Insights from research into the student experience. Dordrecht: Springer.
  29. Robottom, I. (Ed.). (1987). Environmental education: Practice and possibility. Deakin University, Victoria, Australia: Deakin University Press.
  30. Saveland, R.N. (Ed.). (1974). Handbook of environmental education with international case studies. London: John Wiley & Sons.
  31. Saylan, C., & Blumstein, D.T. (2011). The failure of environmental education (and how we can fix it). Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
  32. Schoenfeld, C. (Ed.). (1971). Outlines of environmental education: From the 1969-70 and 1970-71 issues of the Journal of environmental education. Madison, Wisconsin: Dembar Educational Research Services.
  33. Sobel, D. (2005). Place-based education: Connecting classrooms and communities. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: The Orion Society.
  34. Sobel, D. (2008). Childhood and nature: Design principles for educators. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers.
  35. Stone, M.K. (2009). Smart by nature: Schooling for sustainability. Healdsburg, California: Watershed Media.
  36. Stone, M.K., & Barlow, Z. (2005). Ecological literacy: Educating our children for a sustainable world. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
  37. Schlottmann, C. (2012). Conceptual challenges for environmental education: Advocacy, autonomy, implicit education and values. New York: Peter Lang.
  38. Smith, G.A., & Sobel, D. (2010). Place- and community-based education in schools. New York: Routledge.
  39. Stevenson, R.B., Brody, M., Dillon, J., & Wals, A.E.J. (Eds.). (2013). International handbook of research on environmental education. New York and London: Routledge.
  40. Thomashow, M. (2002). Bringing the biosphere home: Learning to perceive global environmental change. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
  41. Thompson, P.J. (Ed.). (1997). Environmental education for the 21st century: International and interdisciplinary perspectives. New York: Peter Lang.
  42. Wilke, R.J. (Ed.). (1993). Environmental education teacher resource handbook: A practical guide for K-12 environmental education. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.