A Compilation from Explorers & Specialists


Most of us know the surprise of journey isn’t restricted to the journey itself. Our pleasure extends from packing our baggage to the journey dwelling. The sensation of an expanded consciousness lingers lengthy after we return to our every day lives. Probably the most seasoned vacationers deliberately domesticate this pleasure, surprise, and schooling past their journeys. One of many methods they do that is by studying up on locations, treks, and the environmental and social points that affect their travels. 

You’ll be able to at all times discover our groups throughout Pure Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Fund swapping titles that deepened our data and transported us by area and time.  Whether or not you could have a visit developing otherwise you’re craving some vicarious journey, right here’s a wild studying checklist that can take you throughout the globe. 

Adventurer Marcus Aspsjö. Photo taken during the making of the documentary ”När skogen tystnar” ( Swedish for “When the forest falls silent”), where adventurer Marcus Aspsjö sets out to explore the situation of the wilderness and what it really means for us.

© Victor Daggberg

Nature, Individuals, and Place 

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer — Angela Bowman, WWF-US Director of Agricultural and Environmental Metrics

After a decade on varied bestseller lists, this landmark e book is now thought-about a foundational textual content for these keen on indigenous data. Kimmerer, a Potawatomi professor of biology, environmental research, and indigenous research, explores human relationships with nature by an indigenous lens that compares new views with conventional knowledge. Whereas it was one of the crucial really helpful reads from each Nat Hab and WWF group members, Angela Bowman, a educated geologist, described it as a type of books that adjustments how you consider nature. Journey with Braiding Sweetgrass for a reminder that Western science is just one manner of understanding and seeing the world.

The Tune of the Dodo by David Quammen — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO 

Titles that discover human relationships with nature usually spotlight particular person experiences and cultural ideas of place. However on this mixture of scientific idea, historic context, and private expertise, Quammen examines our relationship with nature by a broader scope. Exploring evolution and extinction, he radically alters our understanding of the pure world, constructing a basis to grasp our present context in nature and the way we’ve arrived at the place we’re.  

Mountains Piled upon Mountains edited by Jessica Cory — Colby Brokvist, Nat Hab Expedition Information 

This assortment of quick tales, poems, and private essays is joined in its exploration and meditations on the human relationship with nature all through Appalachia. In a area that has lengthy suffered from extractive practices and dangerous stereotypes, this assortment reveals the facility of our consideration. “It teaches you to be extra cognizant of your presence in a spot and to develop situational consciousness,” says Nat Hab knowledgeable information, Colby Brokvist. 

Arctic Goals by Barry Lopez — Jack Reppy, Nat Hab Journey Concierge

By far probably the most really helpful title on our checklist, this profound journey north is simply as a lot a mirrored image on the panorama as it’s a log of an Arctic journey. It may fall into any of our classes as Lopez chronicles Arctic life, ecology, and terrains in colourful chapters of his personal experiences. Arctic icons like beluga whales, polar bears, and the Northern Lights are closely featured. Everybody from expedition guides and conservation consultants to interns and CEOs known as Arctic Goals a must-read. Whether or not you’re planning a visit to the Arctic or are already in love with the north, this e book will illuminate the planet’s northernmost area.

Åge Hammeken Danielsen, a traditional hunter, drives his sled dogs through Walrus Bay, Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland. Climate change is the single biggest threat to polar bears. As the sea ice around Ittoqqortoormiit diminishes, polar bears are spending longer on land and coming into town. In recent years, there has been a worrying increase in human-polar bear encounters throughout East Greenland.

© James Morgan / WWF-UK

The Overstory by Richard Powers — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO  

Works of fiction aren’t usually featured on journey or conservation studying lists, however Nat Hab’s funding in individuals—native cultural, group wellbeing, and indigenous rights—make fictional work much more related. On this part-short-story-collection-part-novel, Powers explores how bushes work collectively and makes use of that framework to inform the story of a household. Carter Roberts, President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund stated the e book suggests “how mankind would possibly change its philosophy on our relationship to nature in a fashion to higher swimsuit the trendy world.” It’s a fantastic companion on a visit to California the place a number of the world’s largest and tallest bushes are discovered.  

Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold — Colby Brokvist, Nat Hab Expedition Information 

One other extensively really helpful title, Sand County Almanac is a must-read for anybody keen on conservation. Aldo Leopold is likely one of the conservation world’s most essential figures and is the creator of the “land ethic” idea— a name for our ethical accountability to be prolonged to the land—detailed in an essay of the identical identify featured on this important e book.  

The Management of Nature by John McPhee, 1989 — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO  

McPhee is usually considered a pioneer within the style of nature and conservation nonfiction writing. His emotional however detailed storytelling is at its greatest on this define of the methods and techniques by which individuals try to regulate nature. It’s a needed reminder of each human ingenuity and nature’s supreme energy.   


The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson — Talia Speaker, WWF WILDLABS Analysis Specialist 

As talked about, fiction has a needed position in telling human tales, however its place in tackling local weather change may not be obvious. On this “cli-fi” (local weather fiction) novel, Robinson reveals us that fiction is a strong software in imagining completely different futures for mankind. The e book is ready in a near-future world and follows a world group that advocates for future generations as if their lives have been simply as actual as modern people. Talia Speaker who works in WWF’s WILDLABS, described it as an exploration of a few of our hardest local weather points however by a lens of optimism.

The Variety of Life by E.O. Wilson — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO

Ed Wilson, a former WWF board member, is credited with propelling the foundational idea of “biodiversity,” articulated on this revolutionary e book. From his observations on the fringe of the Amazon basin, Wilson displays on the unbelievable variety of life, the evolutionary processes that created it, and the way human exercise is placing that inherently useful variety in danger.  

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf — Court docket Whelan, Nat Hab Chief Sustainability Officer 

Wulf takes a deep dive into the lifetime of Alexander von Humboldt that’s as entertaining as it’s eye-opening. We didn’t at all times regard nature with the surprise and affection that we do as we speak; it was as soon as untamed, harmful, and one thing to “repair.”  Due to the unrelenting work and lifetime of Humboldt, nature is a vacation spot, a sanctuary, and a spot value saving. 

World Agriculture and the Setting: A Commodity-by-Commodity Information to Impacts and Practices by Jason Clay — Julia Kurnick, WWF Senior Director, Innovation Begin-Ups, Markets  

Whereas sustainable journey is the basis of Nat Hab’s mission, it’s no secret that committing your self to sustainability requires extra intention and forethought in your on a regular basis life. Consuming is likely one of the areas that has a shocking affect, and while you’re touring, understanding which meals negatively affect native environments and other people requires analysis. Julia Kurnick who works on innovating meals and agricultural techniques with WWF’s, recommends this title—authored by Jason Clay, WWF Government Director of Markets Institute—for these keen on deepening their consciousness of the commodities that make up their food regimen. The quick info part is a traveler’s handbook for rapidly however completely understanding the implications of assets from espresso beans to shrimp.  

Mustard Greens at Cloverleigh Farm in Columbia, Conn.

© Joe Buglewicz / WWF-US

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO

When you’ve seemingly heard of Rachel Carson’s breakthrough e book that galvanized the environmental motion of the Nineteen Sixties, for those who’ve not but learn it, it’s important for anybody within the historical past of conservation. Silent Spring delivered to international consideration one in every of mankind’s most refined and underappreciated impacts on the pure world—the usage of pesticides—culminating with expanded rules together with a ban on home use of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).

The E book of Hope by Jane Goodall — Court docket Whelan, Nat Hab Chief Sustainability Officer 

As many nature and journey lovers face local weather anxiousness and eco-grief, it’s essential to search out balms for these occasions. Goodall got down to do exactly that on this inspirational and optimistic e book about conservation in as we speak’s world. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved, with out ignoring that we’ve obtained extra work to do.  

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural Historical past by Elizabeth Kolbert — Carter Roberts, WWF-US President & CEO

This e book makes arduous science and nuanced present points simple to digest for even probably the most novice conservationists. Kolbert, a distinguished author for the New Yorker, places the present biodiversity disaster in a historic context and distinguishes it by its extent and velocity to discover mankind’s affect.   

Journey and Journey 

Endurance by Alfred Lansing — Jim Sano, WWF-US Vice President of Journey, Tourism, and Conservation 

One other extensively really helpful title—and the place your journey studying checklist ought to start in line with Jim Sano, one in every of WWF’s journey specialists and an knowledgeable information on Nat Hab’s Yosemite Nature Tour—this foundational story of exploration and journey chronicles famed Antarctic pioneer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.  

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard — Court docket Whelan, Nat Hab Chief Sustainability Officer  

This one is bound to boost the hair in your neck because it follows Theodore Roosevelt’s grandest journey by the River of Doubt (later renamed Roosevelt River) in Brazil. Should you’re a historical past buff, in a journey lull, or simply interested in all South America has to supply, this e book is bound to encourage you for the following alternative to journey into the unknown. 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed — Maddy Mitchell, WWF-US Journey Advertising and marketing Specialist  

Whereas Cheryl Strayed’s transferring memoir put the Pacific Crest Path—which passes by an astounding seven western nationwide parks—on the map, it additionally made solo journey way more accessible to girls and novice hikers. Strayed is deeply trustworthy about her personal errors and misfortunes, and she or he reminds us that there’s no higher instructor than expertise.  

Into the Silence by Wade Davis – Ben Bressler, Nat Hab Founder & President  

Many vacationers are intimately accustomed to the reality of the transformation that discovery and journey can carry. Discovering new issues is empowering. Journey bolsters our sense of self by pushing us past what we believed to be our limits. This e book is a narrative of passing thresholds of worry in pursuit of the very best peak on the planet. The twenty-six British climbers that have been on the primary expedition to summit Everest had all survived the First World Conflict, and their dedication to succeed in the highest was knowledgeable by the angle that near-death expertise brings. The story will be summarized by the phrases uttered by the primary individual to ever attain the summit, George Mallory: “The worth of life is dying.”  

Operating the Amazon by Joe Kane — Jim Sano, WWF-US Vice President of Journey, Tourism, and Conservation 

The Amazon River basin incorporates 20% of the world’s freshwater, one in 10 of all recognized species on Earth, and 1.6 billion acres of dense rainforest. There’s a lot but to be explored, however Joe Kane and his group of polyglot vacationers got down to be the primary expedition to fully traverse all 4,200 miles of the Amazon River. From its headwaters within the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, this e book is a firsthand account of one of many biggest adventures of all time.  

Top view of Guariba River ans amazon rainforest Place: Apuí - Amazonas - Brazil

© Andre Dib / WWF-Brazil

Misplaced Metropolis of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston– Court docket Whelan, Nat Hab Chief Sustainability Officer 

A rare feat of collaboration, this e book tells the story of the invention of historical civilizations within the Central American jungle. As you examine the usage of novel applied sciences and the varied roles of the expedition group—archaeologists, ethnobotanists, anthropologists, engineers, geologists, and biologists—it’s a reminder that the world is filled with undiscovered truths and uncovering them necessitates risk-taking, teamwork, and variety.   

The Lengthy Ships by Frans Bengtsson – Ben Bressler, Nat Hab Founder & President 

One other title that proves fiction has a task in journey writing, The Lengthy Ships is an journey novel that features painstaking analysis into Tenth-century Viking expeditions and the historic context by which they sailed. Foregoing the emotional and psychological creativeness that many fiction writers depend on, Frans Bengtsson as a substitute painted an correct image of the panorama, politics, and conditions of this place in historical past that we’d in any other case by no means be capable of entry.  


An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Round Us by Ed Yong, June 2022 — Ginette Hemley, WWF-US Senior Vice President of Wildlife Conservation 

Many people who put on glasses bear in mind what it was like placing them on for the primary time. “So, THIS is every part I wasn’t seeing.” It’s nearly unattainable to grasp the confines of our personal senses and the way animals have completely different sensory experiences. However Ed Younger palms us wildlife glasses and demonstrates the extent of sensory data our human physique filters for us. Sights, sounds, textures, and electromagnetic fields come to life right here, and that pesky implicit human hierarchy is difficult after we study simply how a lot we don’t know. 

Queer Geese (and Different Animals): The Pure World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer — WWF Individuals and Tradition Workforce  

Meant to be accessible, Eliot Schrefer’s barrier-breaking e book contains comics, humor, and simply digestible science concerning the variety of sexual habits in nature. It’s a fantastic companion for individuals who are keen on making conservation and science areas extra inclusive, in addition to these keen on understanding their neighboring creatures a bit higher. 

Female Mallard duck (Anas platyrhyncho) and ducklings on Lake Ontario, Ontario, Canada.

© Frank Parhizgar / WWF-Canada

Sounds of Life: How Digital Expertise Is Bringing Us Nearer to the Worlds of Animals and Vegetation by Karen Bakker — Dave Thau, WWF-US International Knowledge and Expertise Lead Scientist 

Birdsong within the early mornings, cicadas within the late summer season, the wind rising by the leaves: these are the voices of nature that people acknowledge and the soundscapes we now have come to like. However what about every part we will’t hear? This e book explores, explains, and meditates on the sounds of nature indiscernible to people and the expertise that’s bringing us nearer to understanding these communications from the un-human world.