Books: PNW

The following is not a comprehensive list of nature books for the Pacific Northwest or connecting children to nature. It is simply our suggestions for books that would be great for families to own or check out from their local library. Books marked with a check () ares one we have in our home library.*

General natural history books for the Pacific Northwest
Animal Tracks of Washington and Oregon by Ian Sheldon
Cascade-Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference by Daniel Mathews
Exploring the Tualatin River Basin by Susan Peter, Shirley Ewart, and Barbara Schaffner
Field Guide to the Cascades & Olympics by Stephen Whitney and Rob Sandelin
A Forest in the City: Your Guide to Tryon Creek State Park by Friends of Tryon Creek
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest by Peter Alden and Dennis Paulson
The Northwest Nature Guide: Where to Go and What to See Month by Month in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by James Luther Davis
One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park by Marcy Cottrell Houle
Oregon Wildlife Viewing Guide by James A Yuskavitch
Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural History of Western Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia by Eugene N. Kozloff
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species by James C. Halfpenny
Washington and Oregon Nature Guide by Erin McCloskey
Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas edited by Michael C. Houck and M.J. Cody
Wild in the Willamette: Exploring the Mid-Valley’s Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas edited by Lorraine Anderson and Abby Phillips Metzger
Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: Tracking and Identifying Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates by David Moskowitz

Pocket Naturalist Guides
Animal Tracks, Oregon Birds, Oregon Trees & Wildflowers, Oregon Wildlife, Pacific Northwest Butterflies & Moths, Pond Life, Portland Birds, Urban Wildlife, Western Coastal Birds

Books by Patricia Lichen
Passionate Slugs & Hollywood Frogs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Backyards
River-Walking Songbirds & Singing Coyotes: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Mountains
Brittle Stars & Mudbugs: An Uncommon Field Guide to Northwest Shorelines & Wetlands

Bird books for the Pacific Northwest
The Backyard Birdsong Guide: Western North America by Donald Kroodsma
Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland
Bird Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch, Eleanor Marks and C. Diane Boretos
Birding Oregon: 44 Prime Birding Areas with More Than 200 Specific Sites by John Rakestraw
Birds of Oregon by Roger Burrows and Jeff Gilligan
Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Harry B. Nehls
Birdsongs of the Pacific Northwest by Stephen R. Whitney and Elizabeth Briars Hart
✓The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors by Richard Crossley and Jerry Liguori
Falcon Pocket Guide: Birds of the Pacific Northwest by Todd Telander
Familiar Birds of the Northwest by Harry B. Nehls
Field Guide to Western Birds’ Nests by Hal H. Harrison
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest by Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Washington/Oregon by Jonathan Alderfer
Guide to Portland Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species by James Kavanagh and Raymond Leung
Raptors of the Pacific Northwest by Thomas Bosakowski
The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America by David Sibley

Mammal books for the Pacific Northwest
Land Mammals of Oregon by B.J. Verts and Leslie N. Carraway
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch
Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide by Lynn Levine and Martha Mitchell
Mammals of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coast to the High Cascades by Chris Maser
Mammals of Washington and Oregon by Tamara Eder
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species by James C. Halfpenny

Reptile and Amphibian books for the Pacific Northwest
Amphibians of Oregon, Washington And British Columbia by Charlotte C. Corkran and Chris Thoms
Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest by Lawrence L. C. Jones, William P. Leonard, and Deanna H. Olson
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians by Robert C. Stebbins
Reptiles of the Northwest by Alan St. John
Reptiles of Washington and Oregon edited by Robert M. Storm and William P. Leonard

Insect and other invertebrate books for the Pacific Northwest
The Banana Slug: A Close Look at a Giant Forest Slug of Western North America by Alice Bryant Harper
Bugs of Washington and Oregon by John Acorn
The Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories by Robert Michael Pyle
Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon and Idaho by David James
Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest by William Neill
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide by Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon
Field Guide to the Slug by David G. Gordon
A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America by J. Reese Voshell, Jr.
Incredible Arthropods: Insects, spiders & more! (coloring book) by Portland’s The Bug Chicks
Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Peter Haggard and Judy Haggard
Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest by Thomas E. Burke
Pacific Northwest Butterflies & Moths: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species by James Kavanagh
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards
The Secret World of Slugs and Snails by David George Gordon
Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species by Noah Charney and Charley Eiseman

Botany books for the Pacific Northwest
Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States by
Field Guide to Western Trees by
Handbook of Northwestern Plants by
Mosses Lichens & Ferns of Northwest North America by Dale H. Vitt by
National Geographic Field Guide to Trees of North America by
Northwest Trees Identifying and Understanding the Region’s Native Trees by Stephen F. Arno
Oregon Wildflowers: A Children’s Field Guide to the State’s Most Common Flowers by
Pacific Northwest Wildflowers by
Pacific Northwest Wildflowers: A Guide to Common Wildflowers by
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska by
Plants of Western Oregon Washington & British Columbia by Eugene N Kozloff
Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests by
Sibley Guide to Trees by
Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest by
Trees of the Pacific Northwest by George A. Petrides
Trees to Know in Oregon by
Wetland Plants of Oregon and Washington by
Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest The Third Edition of a Timeless Classic
Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge by Russ Jolley
Wildflowers of the Inland Northwest by Ralph Faust
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by

Edible plants/foraging books for the Pacific Northwest
A Field Guide to Edible Fruits and Berries of the Pacific Northwest by Richard J. Hebda
Foraging Oregon: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in Oregon by Christopher Nyerges
Northwest Foraging: The Classic Guide to Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Doug Benoliel
Pacific Coast Foraging Guide: 40 Wild Foods from Beach, Field, and Forest by Jennifer Hahn
Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts by Douglas Deur

Mushroom books for the Pacific Northwest
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora
Common Mushrooms of the Northwest by J. Duane Sept
A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Daniel Winkler
Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
Mushrooms of Northwest North America by Helene M. E. Schalkwijk-Barendsen
Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Steve Trudell

Coastal books for the Pacific Northwest
Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest by J Duane Sept
Common Seashore Creatures of the Pacific Northwest by J Duane Sept
Field Guide to Coastal Flowers of the Pacific Northwest by Phillipa Hudson
Field Guide to Nudibranchs of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo
Field Guide to Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest by Neil McDaniel
Field Guide to Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo
Intertidal Invertebrates from Central California to Oregon by Sol Felty Ligh
Mac’s Field Guide to Northwest Coastal Invertebrates by Craig MacGowan
Mac’s Field Guide to Northwest Coastal Water Birds by Craig MacGowan
Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest by Eugene N Kozloff
Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest A Photographic Encyclopedia
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Hidden World of Pacific Northwest Dunes
Oregon Coastal Access Guide A Mile-by-Mile Guide
Pacific Northwest Beachcomber A Waterproof Pocket Guide
Quick Field Guide to Tidepools of the Pacific Coast by Michael Rigsby
Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast An Illustrated
Seashore of the Pacific Northwest by Ian Sheldon
Whales and Other Marine Mammals of Washington and Oregon by Tamara Eder
Whelks to Whales Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Rick M Harbo

Geology, paleontology, and meteorology books for the Pacific Northwest
Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest
Bretz’s Flood The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World’s Greatest Flood Cataclysms on the Columbia
Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
The Climate of Oregon: From Rain Forest to Desert by George H. Taylor and Chris Hannan
The Great Missoula Floods by John Eliot Allen
Field Guide to Gemstones of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Hudson
Geology of the Pacific Northwest Investigate How the Earth Was Formed with 15 Projects
Hiking Oregon’s Geology
In Search of Ancient Oregon A Geological and Natural History by Ellen Morris Bishop
In the Blast Zone Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St Helens by Charles Goodrich
Living with Thunder
Oregon Fossils by Elizabeth L Orr and William N Orr
Oregon Geology
Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters by William L Sullivan
The Oregon Weather Book: A State of Extremes by George H. Taylor and Raymond R. Hatton
Restless Northwest A Geological Story by Hill Williams
Roadside Geology of Oregon by David D Hyndman and Donald W Alt
Rockhounding Oregon
Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass

Hiking and other outdoor recreation books for the Portland area
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Portland 3rd
Afoot & Afield Portland/Vancouver A Comprehensive Hiking Guide by Douglas Lorain
Around & About Mount Hood
Best Easy Day Hikes Portland
Best Hikes Near Portland
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon: A Guide to the City’s Greatest Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling
Exploring the Tualatin River Basin
I Heart Oregon (and Washington): 25 of the Portland Area’s Best Hikes
Nature Walks in & Around Portland
Peaceful Places Portland by Paul Gerald
One City’s Wilderness Portland’s Forest Park
One Night Wilderness Portland
Portland City Walks Twenty Explorations In and Around Town by Laura O Foster
Portland Forest Hikes
Portland Forest Hikes Twenty Close-In Wilderness Walks by James D Thayer
Portland Hill Walks Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods by Laura O Foster
Walk There Metro
Wild in the City
Wild on the Willamette

Hiking and other outdoor recreation books for Oregon
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon
100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington 3rd Edition by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes Travel Guide Eastern Oregon by William L Sullivan
100 Hikes/Travel Guide Oregon Coast & Coast Range by William L Sullivan
120 Hikes on the Oregon Coast by Bonnie Henderson
50 Hikes in Oregon
75 Hikes in the Oregon’s Coast Range and Siskiyous by Rhonda Ostertag and George Ostertag
75 Scrambles In Oregon The Best Non-technical Ascents
Around & About Mount Hood Exploring the Timberline Trail Access Trails and Day Hikes
Atlas of Oregon Wilderness by William L. Sullivan
Babes in the Woods Hiking Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children
Best Hikes with Kids Oregon by Bonnie Henderson
Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon
Best Short Hikes in Northwest Oregon by Rhonda Ostertag and George Ostertag
Camping Oregon 2nd Regional Camping Series by Rhonda Ostertag
Canoe and Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon
The Creaky Knees Guide Oregon, 2nd Edition: The 85 Best Easy Hikes
The Creaky Knees Guide Pacific Northwest National Parks and Monuments: The 75 Best Easy Hikes
Day Hiking Central Cascades by Craig Romano
Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Silver Star Scenic Area Portland-Vancouver to the Dalles
Day Hiking North Cascades Mount Baker Mountain Loop Highway San Juan Islands
Day Hiking Oregon Coast by Bonnie Henderson
Day Hiking South Cascades Mt St Helens / Mt Adams / Columbia Gorge by Dan Nelson
Filed Guide to Oregon Rivers
Grant’s Getaways 101 Oregon Adventures
Hiking Oregon 2nd A Guide to Oregon’s Greatest Hiking Adventures by Lizann Dunegan
Hiking Oregon’s Geology
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge 2nd by Russ Schneider
Hiking the Oregon Coast Day Hikes Along the Oregon Coast and Coastal Mountains
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon
The Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail
One Hundred Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades 100 Hikes by William L Sullivan
Oregon Favorites Trails and Tales by William L Sullivan
Oregon Nature Weekends
Oregon State Parks A Complete Recreation Guide by Jan Gumprecht Bannan
Pedal Portland: 25 Easy Rides for Exploring the City by Bike
Rails-Trails: Washington & Oregon
Soggy Sneakers A Paddler’s Guide to Oregon Rivers
Trails of Crater Lake National Park & Oregon Caves National Monument by William L Sullivan
Waterfall Lover’s Guide Pacific Northwest
The Willamette River Field Guide by Travis Williams
Nature education books (activities)

Nature education books (parenting, bigger issues)
How to Raise a Wild Child
Last Child in the Woods
The Sense of Wonder
Vitamin N

Books about the history of connecting children to nature
Nature’s Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children’s Nature Movement by Gary Ferguson
The Nature Study Movement: The Forgotten Popularizer of America’s Conservation Ethic by Kevin C. Armitage
Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930 by Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

*Please note that links to books on this site go to Amazon.com, and for doing so I receive very small referral fees for folks purchasing books through those links.

 

 

 

One Response to Books: PNW

  1. Here is another great Oregon Field/Hiking Guide. It is out of print but you can still find it locally and online sometimes. The Oregon Coast Trail: Hiking Inn to Inn
    (2005) by Jack Remington

    I’ll look forward to further posts!

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