Earth Partnership for Schools




A Guide to Schoolyard Naturalization

Author: The Evergreen Foundation

Publisher: Prentice Hall Canada, Inc.

Date Published: 1994

Pages: 37

Description: This guide gives an overview of what is involved in creating naturalization projects, including benefits, plans, designs, implementation, and maintenance. It considers a variety of habitat types and projects that are practical. In addition, there are suggestions for integrating naturalization projects into the school curriculum.

Contact: Prentice Hall Canada, Inc., 1870 Birchmont Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1P 2J7, 800/361-6128. Fax: 416/293-5646.

Cost: $21.58 (33% for schools)


Your Backyard Wildlife Garden: How to Attract and Identify Wildlife in Your Yard.

Author: Marcus Schneck

Publisher: Rodale Press. Distributed by St. Martin's Press.

Date Published: 1992

Pages: 160

Description: This book includes information on how to create a variety of wildlife habitats, habitats for specific species in different regions, observation and identification techniques, as well as a section on backyard species.

Cost: $24.95


Gardening with Wildflowers and Native Plants (handbook # 119)

Author: Clair Sawyers, Editor

Organization: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Date Published: 1989

Pages: 104

Description: This collection of essays include goods definitions of native versus naturalistic, specific uses of natives (community plantings, ground covers, perennial borders, etc.), and features a number of institutions around the country where native plantings can be seen, including the UW-Madison Arboretum. Clearly distinguishes between native and non-native in suggested plantings.

Cost: $7.95


Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers

Author: Harry Phillips

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press

Date Published: 1985

Pages: 331

Description: This book offers methods for raising natural plants from seeds, cuttings, and division. Cost: $17.95


Growing Greener Cities - A Tree-Planting Handbook

Author: Gary Moll, Stanley Young

Publisher: American Forests

Date Published: 1992

Pages: 128

Description: The focus of this book is on planning and planting trees in an urban environment. It provides step-by-step information on how to plant and take care of trees in urban neighborhoods. Contact: American Forests, PO Box 20000, Washington, DC 20013, 202/955-4500. Cost: $10.95 includes a shipping and handling.


Habitat Restoration: A Guide for Proactive Schools

Author: Edward D. Cheskey

Organization: Waterloo County Board of Education

Date Published: 1993

Pages: 93

Description: This guide covers goals, aims, and rationale of habitat restoration; environmental values education, curriculum links and integration, planning, designing habitats, plant materials, adopting natural areas, and resources. Uses an interdisciplinary educational approach.

Contact: Waterloo County Board of Education, Curriculum and Program Development, Outdoor Education Department, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Cost: May be available in local libraries.


Homes for Wildlife

Author: Marilyn Wyzga

Organization: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department

Date Published: 1995

Pages: 225

Description: This guide includes a step-by-step plan for assessing and mapping the schoolyard, development of plans, implementation, enhancement projects, supplementary information, bibliography, and resources. Geared to K-6 and includes activities appropriate for each age group. An edition was edited for Minnesota by the School Nature Area Project (SNAP). The text is adapted to Minnesota's three major biomes: prairie, coniferous forest, and deciduous forest.

Contact: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, Attn: Business Division, 2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301, 603/271-3211. A Minnesota edition is available from School Nature Area Project, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN 55057, 507/646-3599.

Cost: $10.00



Landscaping for Wildlife

Author: Carroll Henderson

Organization: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Date Published: 1994

Pages: 138

Description: This is a guide for developing backyard, farm, and woodlot habitats for wildlife in the Midwest. Includes an extensive plant species list geared to seasons, wildlife uses, and plant information.

Cost: $10.95.


Landscaping with Wildflowers and Native Plants

Author: Ortho Books

Publisher: Ortho Books

Date Published: 1984

Pages: 93

Description: This book describes how to design a wildflower garden, how to grow wildflowers , and where to find seeds. Descriptions of native communities in North America and species lists are included.

Cost: $9.95


Minnesota School Nature Areas: Notes on Benefiting Biomes

Author: Matt Nielsen, and the School Nature Area Project

Organization: School Nature Area Project

Date Published: 1996

Pages: 46

Description: This book provides background information and resources for planning and creating schoolyard natural areas in Minnesota's three main biomes, i.e., prairie, coniferous forest, and deciduous forest, as well as aquatic communities. Discusses landscape changes brought about by European settlement.

Contact: School Nature Area Project, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN 55057, 507/646-3599.

Cost: $5.00


Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America

Author: Gary L. Hightshoe

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold

Date Published: 1988

Pages: 819

Description: This comprehensive manual puts all information available about native trees, shrubs, and vines in one reference source. Design, ecological, and environmental information is provided along with range maps and drawings.

Cost: $89.95


Natural Habitat Garden

Author: Ken Druse, Margaret Roach

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Date Published: 1994

Pages: 248

Description: This coffee table book demonstrates through 500 full-color photographs of 35 gardens across the country not just how to garden with nature but also how to establish ecosystems in miniature in our own backyards, creating beautiful native plant gardens that can actually improve the health of the planet.

Cost: $40.00


Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant Communities

Author: John Diekelmann, Robert Schuster

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Date Published: 1982

Pages: 276

Description: This book is a good introduction to natural plant communities as models for landscaping and the process of planning and establishing a natural landscape using a community approach. Includes planting and management information for private, public, and corporate landscapes.


Nature's Heartland: Native Plant Communities of the Great Plains

Author: Bill Boon, Harlen Groe

Publisher: Iowa State University Press

Date Published: 1990

Pages: 361

Description: This book introduces native plants of the Midwest in plant community groupings. Each plant feature includes seasonal and close-up photographs, a written text, and facts.

Cost: $42.25



Noah's Garden - Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards

Author: Sarah Stein

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Date Published: 1993

Pages: 294

Description: The author sets out to restore the original ecology to a small plot of land and builds a garden that welcomes all creatures (humans, too).

Cost: $10.95


Plants of the Chicago Region

Author: Floyd Swink, Gerould Wilhelm

Publisher: IN Academy of Science

Date Published: 1974

Pages: 474

Description: This book is an alphabetical list of plants found growing wild in the Chicago area. It supplies information about each plant, the kind of habitat it grows in, and other plants found growing in association with it.

Cost: $35.00


Prairies, Forests, & Wetlands - The Restoration of Natural Landscape Communities

Author: Janette R. Thompson

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Date Published: 1992

Pages: 139

Description: This book includes background information and practical advice for creating natural areas for Iowa.

Cost: $12.95


Propagation of Wildflowers

Author: Will C. Curtis, revised by William E. Brumback

Publisher: New England Wildflower Society

Date Published: 1986

Pages: 30

Description: This book covers general propagation techniques and contains a brief description of 114 native wildflower species with seed collection dates.

Contact: New England Wildflower Society, Museum Shop, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, Mass. 01701, 508/877-7630, ext. 3601. Cost: $4.00 pluss $2.50 postage and handling.


Restoration & Management Notes.

Author: William R. Jordan III, editor

Organizations: Society for Ecological Restoration, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. University of Wisconsin Press.

Description: Biannual journal, from 1981 to present.

Contact: For subscriptions or to order back issues, write to SER, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, McKay Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711, or go to the Restoration and Management Notes web page: rmn/homepage.html Cost: $18.00 subscription. $8.00 back Issues.


Restoring Nature's Place

Author: Jean Marc Daigle, Donna Havinga

Organizations: Ecological Outlook Consulting and Ontario Parks Association

Date Published: 1996

Pages: 227

Description: This guide is for teachers, administrators, environmental planners, and groundspeople. It describes how to restore and manage native communities; how to conduct site inventories, plan, and design; and how to involve the community. Includes extensive resources lists. Contact: Ontario Parks Association, 1185 Eglinton Ave., Suite 404, North York, Ontario, Canada M36 3C6. 416/426-7157. Fax: 416/426-7366. Cost: $49.00 plus $8.00 shipping and handling.


The Great Outdoors: The Children's Right to Play Outside

Author: Mary S. Rivkin

Organization: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Date Published: 1995

Pages: 106

Description: This author advocates for schools and communities to restore outdoor play opportunities, giving examples and practical ideas for bringing the outdoors into every school.

Contact: National Association for the Education of Young Children 1509 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-1426. 800/424-2460.

Fax: 202/328-1846

Cost: $8.00


The Simple Act of Planting a Tree - Healing Your Neighborhood, Your City, and Your World

Author: TreePeople with Andy and Katie Lipkis

Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. Distributed by The Putnam Publishing Group

Date Published: 1990

Pages: 237

Description: This book defines an urban forest and lists benefits. Tells how to organize the community, how to fund a project, how to plan and implement a project, site preparation, planting, and maintenance. Also covers organizing more broadly to initiate projects in your city, county, state, etc. Includes a planting project workbook and a tree care workbook.

Contact: The Putnam Publishing Group, 1 Grosset Dr., Kirkwood, NY 13795, 800/631-8571. Fax: 212/213-6706.

Cost: $12.95


WILD School Sites - A Guide to Preparing for Habitat Improvement Projects on School Grounds

Author: Paul Schiff, Dr. Cindi Smith-Walters

Organizations: Project Wild, Council for Environmental Education, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Date Published: 1993

Pages: 64

Description: Concepts in Project WILD (including awareness and appreciation, diversity of wildlife values, ecological principles, and responsible human action) is the basis for WILD school site projects. This book emphasizes techniques for team building and creating and implementing the plan. The goal is to attract wildlife; although it encourages some use of native plants, it does not cover issues and considerations in selecting between native and non-native species and does not recommend using only natives.

Contact: Project Learning Tree Project Wild Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 7921, Madison WI, 53707-7921, (608) 264-6280.

Cost: $5.00


Woodland Stewardship: A Practical Guide for Midwestern Landowners

Author: Melvin Baughman, Alvin Alm

Publisher: University of Minnesota Extension

Date Published: 1993

Pages: 195

Description: This book contains information on creating wildlife habitat, improving timber stands for harvesting, and enhancing woodland beauty. Instructions for determining your forest's age, structure, composition, resource value, and wildlife are included as well as range maps of the North American distribution of species found in Minnesota.

Contact: University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Extension Service, Distribution Center, 3 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108-6064. 612/625-8173. Fax: 612/625-2207.

Publication number: NR-MI5901 Cost: $14.95