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“Natural history is not a privilege, but a right — a fundamental capacity and need of all people . . . We need it to counter despair — there is durable beauty in this world.”

— from The Way of Natural History


Attention to nature is a key pathway to nurturing our humanity, and it’s more important than ever to connect with the natural world and the positive energy we can find there.

In this eclectic anthology, more than twenty scientists, nature writers, poets, Zen practitioners — and even one of the greatest guitarists of all time — attest to how paying attention to nature can be a healing antidote to the hectic and harrying pace of our lives.


Throughout this provocative and uplifting book, writers describe their various experiences in nature and portray how careful, and mindful,attention to the larger world around us brings rewarding and surprising discoveries. They call for a renewal of natural history and provide models for personal interactions with nature.


Contributors to The Way of Natural History highlight their individual ways of paying attention to nature and discuss how their experiences have enlivened and enhanced their worlds. The anthology is a rich array of writings that provide models for interacting with the natural world, and together, create a call for the importance of natural history as a discipline.



From The Way of Natural History:


“Among the attributes I’ve noticed in those who are attentive to nature are a greater sense of humility, affirmation, hope, and gratitude.” — Thomas Lowe Fleischner


“Learning the life ways of the creatures in my garden can help heighten my awareness and lessen my ignorance.” — Charles Goodrich


“How can we be fully alive if we don’t pause to notice — and to celebrate — the full extension of our being into time and the universe?” — Kathleen Dean Moore




Thomas Lowe Fleischner is a naturalist,conservation biologist, and teacher. The author of two books, Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands, and numerous articles, he has taught for more than two decades in the interdisciplinary environmental studies program at Prescott College in Arizona. Co-founder of the North Cascades Institute and founding president of the Natural History Network, he has served on the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and as president of its Colorado Plateau Chapter.




Price:                      $16.95U.S. (print) / $12.99 U.S. (ebook)

Pages:                     224

ISBN:                      978-1-59534-074-0(print) / 978-1-5534-108-2 (ebook)

Category:               Nature/Ecology

Publication date:September1, 2011


Thomas Lowe Fleischner is available for interviews. Please contact Sharon Donovan, 415.328.6061,





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