Resources for Parents


Parent Resource List

  • Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature for Kids of All Ages and their Mentors - Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown
  • Art of Mentoring – week long course on our methodology

Nature and Kids

  • Last Child in the Woods - Richard Louv
  • The Geography of Childhood
  • Nature and the Human Soul - Bill Plotkin

Naturalist Skills

  • Kamana Naturalist Training Program – done at your own pace in your own place
  • Seeing Through Native Eyes: Understanding the Language of Nature - Jon Young (CDs)
  • Advanced Bird Language: Reading the Concentric Rings of Nature - Jon Young (CDs)
  • Peterson’s Field Guides - many kinds. Recommended: Mammals, Eastern Birds, Eastern Reptiles and Amphibians, Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants
  • Mammal Tracks and Sign - Mark Elbroch
  • Bird Tracks and Sign - Mark Elbroch
  • From Earth to Herbalist - Gregory Tilford

Psychology and Communication

  • Nature and the Human Soul - Bill Plotkin
  • Soulcraft – Bill Plotkin
  • Loving What Is - Byron Katie
  • Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life - Marshall Rosenberg
  • The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships - Sobonfu Some
  • Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom - Sobonfu Some
  • Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing - Peter Levine
  • Healing Trauma - Peter Levine
  • Waking the Tiger -Peter Levine
  • Grief and Praise (CD) – Martin Prechtel


  • Enki Education – Beth Sutton – (draws upon Waldorf, Montessori, United Nations Multicultural curriculum, sensory/neurological integration, and uses seasonal rhythms, movement, multiculturalism and the arts)
  • Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head – Carla Hannaford
  • Sensory Integration and the Child – A. Jean Ayers

Recommended Reading List for Kids

  • Wise Child - Monica Furlong
  • My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
  • Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George
  • The Talking Earth - Jean Craighead George
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell
  • The Education of Little Tree - Forrest Carter
  • Hatchet - Gary Paulsen (check out his other books too)
  • Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat (also check out other books by this author)
  • White Fang - Jack London
  • Kim - Rudyard Kipling
  • Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
  • Vanishing Boy - Alexander Key
  • Walk About
  • As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me
  • Long Walk
  • Holes
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Incident at Hawk Mountain
  • The Other Way to Listen - Byrd Baylor, also check out other books by this Author
  • The Farthest Away Mountain
  • Eragon series - Christopher Paolini
  • Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • Hoot - Carl Hiassen