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Get outside! Plant a garden! Explore nature! But before you go, prepare ahead with some reading on the great outdoors.


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A Daytripper's Guide To Manitoba

- by Bartley Kives

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Sandwiched between North Dakota and Nunavut, Manitoba has never been the busiest chunk of tourism real estate in North America. To independent travellers, this is a good thing: Canada's undiscovered province offers uncrowded beaches, innumerable lakes and unlikely cultural attractions, especially in the gritty/cool capital, Winnipeg. A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba is the only comprehensive travel handbook to the province –and an indispensable tool for visitors from abroad, Canadians passing through and Manitobans who want to get to know their own backyard. This fourth edition is packed with new attractions such as Winnipeg's Inuit Art Gallery and cool new accommodations from Wasagaming to Winnipeg Beach. And since you've been cooped up a little more than usual as of late, this new edition has even more information about hiking, paddling and camping. Get the straight goods on cities, towns and natural attractions in every corner of the province and northwestern Ontario, compiled by one of Manitoba’s most tenacious independent travellers, journalist Bartley Kives. Stuff your face with a fat boy, Winnipeg's famous burger. Eyeball turn-of-the-last-century architecture. Commune with nature in wild areas that still feel wild. And forget what you think you know about the Canadian prairies – the only thing flat about Manitoba is the Trans-Canada Highway.

A Trillion Trees

- by Fred Pearce

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"A vivid, important, and inspiring book."-- Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction and Under a White Sky

"Eloquently mulls the ecological dynamics of forests as well as the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that determine their fate."--LA REVIEW OF BOOKS

A powerful book about the decline and recovery of the world's forests--with a provocative argument for their survival.

In A Trillion Trees, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce takes readers on a whirlwind journey through some of the most spectacular forests around the world. Along the way, he charts the extraordinary pace of forest destruction, and explores why some are beginning to recover.

With vivid, observant reporting, Pearce transports readers to the remote cloud forests of Ecuador, the remains of a forest civilization in Nigeria, a mystifying mountain peak in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and the boreal forests of western Canada and the United States, where devastating wildfires are linked to suppressing the natural fire cycles of forests and the maintenance practices of Indigenous peoples. 

Throughout the book, Pearce interviews the people who traditionally live in forests. He speaks to Indigenous peoples in western Canada and the United States who are fighting to control their traditional forested lands and manage them according to their traditional practices. He visits and speaks with Nepalese hill dwellers, Kenyan farmers, and West African sawyers who show him that forests are as much human landscapes as they are natural paradises. The lives of humans are now imprinted in forest ecology. 

At the heart of Pearce's investigationis a provocative argument: planting more trees isn't the answer to declining forests. If given room and left to their own devices, forests and the people who live in them will fight back to restore their own domain.

Forest Walking

- by Peter Wohlleben

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Awaken your senses and learn how to be a forest detective--with Peter Wohlleben, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.

"This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees."--Tristan Gooley, author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs and How to Read Water

"You'll be changed after reading this fine and enchanting book."--Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

When you walk in the woods, do you use all five senses to explore your surroundings? For most of us, the answer is no--but when we do, a walk in the woods can go from pleasant to immersive and restorative. Forest Walking teaches you how to get the most out of your next adventure by becoming a forest detective, decoding nature's signs and awakening to the ancient past and thrilling present of the ecosystem around you.What can you learn by following the spread of a root, by tasting the tip of a branch, by searching out that bitter almond smell? What creatures can be found in a stream if you turn over a rock--and what is the best way to cross a forest stream, anyway? How can you understand a forest's history by the feel of the path underfoot, the scars on the trees along the trail, or the play of sunlight through the branches? How can we safely explore the forest at night? What activities can we use to engage children with the forest?Throughout Forest Walking, the authors share experiences and observations from visiting forests across North America: from the rainforests and redwoods of the west coast to the towering white pines of the east, and down to the cypress swamps of the south and up to the boreal forests of the north.

With Forest Walking, German forester Peter Wohlleben teams up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, as the two write their first book together, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Together, they will teach you how to listen to what the forest is saying, no matter where you live or which trees you plan to visit next.

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World

- by Steven Rinella

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER o The "imperative call to action" (Nick Offerman) for parenting tough, curious, and competent kids who feel at home in the outdoors, from the New York Times bestselling author and host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater

"A revelation for families struggling to get kids to GO OUTSIDE, or to just stop using the darn smartphone."--Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Hunt, Gather, Parent


In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kids' physical and mental health, it jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment. 

Thankfully, with the right mind-set, families can find beauty, meaning, and connection in a life lived outdoors. Here, outdoors expert Steven Rinella shares the parenting wisdom he has garnered as a father whose family has lived amid the biggest cities and wildest corners of America. Throughout, he offers practical advice for getting kids radically engaged with nature in a muddy, thrilling, hands-on way, with the ultimate goal of helping them see their own place within the natural ecosystem. No matter their location--rural, suburban, or urban--caregivers and kids will bond over activities such as: 
o Camping to conquer fears, build tolerance for dirt and discomfort, and savor the timeless pleasure of swapping stories around a campfire. 
o Growing a vegetable garden to develop a capacity to nurture and an appreciation for hard work. 
o Fishing local lakes and rivers to learn the value of patience while grappling with the possibility of failure.
o Hunting for sustainably managed wild game to face the realities of life, death, and what it really takes to obtain our food. 

Living an outdoor lifestyle fosters in kids an insatiable curiosity about the world around them, confidence and self-sufficiency, and, most important, a lifelong sense of stewardship of the natural world. This book helps families connect with nature--and one another--as a joyful part of everyday life.

Camping Games & Activities

- by DK

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A book-and-card collection of 50 fun outdoor challenges to make any family camping trip one to remember, whatever the weather.

Ranging from the silly to the sublime, once you've tried any of the 50 challenges in this brilliant book-and-card set, it will become a must-pack for all family camping trips.
 
Featuring 50 boredom-busting ideas, never struggle for something to do on your next camping break with this collection of brilliant challenges. Not only will the cards keep the kids active, engaged, and laughing day or night and whatever the weather, the games are fun for grown-ups to play, too. 
 
Challenge themes covered include look-and-find, creative, active, LOL, and more, with each one only ever needing equipment regularly taken on a camping trip or items you can easily find in nature. So whether it's going on a creepy crawly hunt, taking part in the sleeping bag triathlon, or trying to sing your favorite song around the campfire with eight marshmallows shoved in your mouth, kids and adults are going to love taking part.

Monumental Manitoba

- by Meghan Kjartanson

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From Flintabbaty Flonatin to Gimli's mighty Viking, the Glenboro camel to Morden's monstrous mosasaur, Meghan Kjartanson sets out to follow the stories of Manitoba's statues. Featuring over 60 sites of interest, Kjartanson charts an all-ages adventure tracking prairie giants, roadside attractions, and important landmarks, including fire hydrants and golf balls, sturgeons and sunflowers, and, of course, Manitoba's provincial "bird"--the mosquito. Explore the diverse characters and communities at the centre of Canada with this info-packed guide of hidden gems, fun facts, and larger-than-life legends and get to know Monumental Manitoba.

Best Places to Bird in the Prairies

- by John Acorn

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Three local experts reveal their favorite places to watch birds in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. In Best Places to Bird in the Prairies, three of Canada's top birders reveal their favorite destinations for spotting local birds in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. They highlight thirty-six highly recommended sites, each of which has been expertly selected for the unique species that reside there. With exclusive lists of specialty birds, splendid color photography, and plenty of insider tips for finding and identifying birdlife year-round, the book is accessible and easy-to-use--an indispensable resource that will inspire both novice and seasoned birders to put on their walking shoes, grab their binoculars, and start exploring. The destinations they feature are as varied as the birds that are found there, ranging from rural to urban, easily accessible to remote. The authors provide clear maps, detailed directions, and alternative routes wherever possible to ensure the experience is satisfying for first-time visitors and experienced birders alike.

The Family Camp Cookbook

- by Emily Vikre

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Easy, delicious, family-friendly recipes to cook at your next campout--whether that's in the woods or in your own backyard!
 
The Family Camp Cookbook is a book for everyone who enjoys cooking and eating outdoors. Whether you need to learn how to pack your first cooler or you're looking for kid-friendly recipes to enjoy after a day spent outdoors, you'll learn how to plan, prep, and cook as a family when you don't have the comforts of a full kitchen.
 
Start out by learning how to build a fire easily at your campsite, or use the "sure-fire" guides for mastering any grill. With planning lists and prep steps for the recipes, you'll quickly go from unpacking to firing up your first meal. The recipes inside include a wide variety of updated camp classics and dishes you'd never have thought to cook at camp. Cooking techniques range from live-fire roasting and foil-pack cooking to family-style dinners in the Dutch oven. (Yes, you can almost "set it and forget it" like a slow cooker if you know what you're doing!) Chapters and recipes include: Breakfasts cover a whole range of options to start the day right, like Make-Ahead Granola, The Best Fluffy Pancakes (with topping bar!), Dutch Oven Coffee Cake, Skillet Biscuits, kid-friendly Frittata, Chilaquiles, and a Hash Brown Breakfast Burrito.Lunches and packables: If you're camping, chances are the mid-day meal is fuel away from the campsite. (These ideas are also great for day trips and picnics!). Recipes feature a variety of handhelds such as Farmer's Lunch Sandwiches and Chickpea Salad with Pitas as well as easy-to-eat salads and soups and a few trail mixes and snacks to eat by the handful.Dinners: Ah, the main event after a hard day of hiking, paddling, or whatever else floats your boat (or inner tube). Settle in with DIY Ramen Bowls, One-Pan Picadillo, Naan Pizzas, Italian Sausage Burgers, loaded Foil-Baked Sweet Potatoes, or a Skillet "Lasagna," among other options.Treats: Break out the S'mores Galores, but don't stop there! Build a Banana Boat, fire up a Dutch Oven Strawberry Cake, or treat everyone to a Campfire Cobbler or Cracker Crust Pudding Pie. Of course, there's nothing quite like waking up in the woods...unless you don't know how to make camp coffee. Not to worry: tasty (and essential) beverages are included as well, from that rustic cowboy cup of caffeine to restorative fruit punches. There are even a few cocktails for the adults to enjoy by the fire a little later in the evening. No matter the size of your group or the time you have to spare, make your next adventure a delicious one!

The Camping Cookbook

- by Annie Bell

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A practical and inspiring guide to cooking outdoors with limited space, equipment and ingredients

In this beautifully illustrated book, Annie Bell shows you how to make delicious and interesting camping recipes with just the barest of essentials. Using a traveling barbecue, one-ring burner or a tripod and pot, she creates portable feasts such as Baba Ghanoush, Chicken Tagine with Pine Nuts and Raisins, and Apricots with Gooey Nougat, demonstrating  the best equipment to use for minimum mess and clearing up. 

From hearty brunches and tea & cake to one-pot cooking and sweet treats, this essential guide has  more than 60 recipes for every occasion, so you can eat in style wherever you are.

Green Fire

- by Francis Mallmann

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A stunning cookbook celebrating the art of cooking over fire and vegetarian cuisine by world-renowned chef Francis Mallmann.
 


In Green Fire, explore the flavourful potential of cooking vegetables--caramelized, charred, smoked, and always delicious--using chef Francis Mallmann's acclaimed live-fire cooking method. Divided seasonally, each of the more than 80 vegetarian dishes will become your main meal and not the side. Enjoy also Mallmann's impressive seasonings, sauces, and finishings with Argentine influences. Spring artichoke and fava salad, salt-baked beets with lemon confit, and cabbage steaks with a mustard fennel crust are just a few of the stars. And desserts and cocktails are included, too. 
    Filled with Mallmann's masterful knowledge of live-fire cuisine, which he learned from his Patagonian upbringing, you will be the at-home outdoor cooking master thanks to this cookbook. Learn tips to tailor your cooking times and methods no matter the vegetable or texture, and how to easily adapt the recipes no matter the type of indoor or outdoor grill.
    Featuring gorgeous photography, which beautifully exhibits the diverse colours and textures of his ingredients amid the picturesque views of Bodega Garzón in Uruguay, Green Fire is a celebration of Mallmann's cultural experience of cooking over open fires, while revolutionizing simple ingredients.

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide

- by Terence Dickinson

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The touchstone for contemporary stargazers.

This classic, groundbreaking guide has been the go-to field guide for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers for nearly 30 years. The fourth edition brings Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer's invaluable manual completely up-to-date. Setting a new standard for astronomy guides, it will serve as the touchstone for the next generation of stargazers as well as longtime devotees.

Technology and astronomical understanding are evolving at a breathtaking clip, and to reflect the latest information about observing techniques and equipment, this massively revised and expanded edition has been completely rebuilt (an additional 48 pages brings the page count to 416). Illustrated throughout with all-new photographs and star charts, this edition boasts a refreshed design and features five brand-new chapters, including three essential essays on binocular, telescope and Moon tours by renowned astronomy writer Ken Hewitt-White.

With new content on naked-eye sky sights, LED lighting technology, WiFi-enabled telescopes and the latest advances in binoculars, telescopes and other astronomical gear, the fourth edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide is sure to become an indispensable reference for all levels of stargazers. New techniques for observing the Sun, the Moon and solar and lunar eclipses are an especially timely addition, given the upcoming solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024. Rounding out these impressive offerings are new sections on dark sky reserves, astro-tourism, modern astrophotography and cellphone astrophotography, making this book an enduring must-have guide for anyone looking to improve his or her astronomical viewing experience.

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide also features a foreword by Dr. Sara Seager, a Canadian-American astrophysicist and planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an internationally recognized expert in the search for exoplanets.

Two Wheels Good

- by Jody Rosen

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A panoramic revisionist portrait of the nineteenth-century invention that is transforming the twenty-first-century world

"The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride--across the centuries and around the globe, through startling history and vivid first-person reporting."--Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Pain

The bicycle is a vestige of the Victorian era, seemingly at odds with our age of smartphones and ride-sharing apps and driverless cars. Yet we live on a bicycle planet. Across the world, more people travel by bicycle than any other form of transportation. Almost anyone can learn to ride a bike--and nearly everyone does.

In Two Wheels Good, journalist and critic Jody Rosen reshapes our understanding of this ubiquitous machine, an ever-present force in humanity's life and dream life--and a flash point in culture wars--for more than two hundred years. Combining history, reportage, travelogue, and memoir, Rosen's book sweeps across centuries and around the globe, unfolding the bicycle's saga from its invention in 1817 to its present-day renaissance as a "green machine," an emblem of sustainability in a world afflicted by pandemic and climate change. Readers meet unforgettable characters: feminist rebels who steered bikes to the barricades in the 1890s, a prospector who pedaled across the frozen Yukon to join the Klondike gold rush, a Bhutanese king who races mountain bikes in the Himalayas, a cycle-rickshaw driver who navigates the seething streets of the world's fastest-growing megacity, astronauts who ride a floating bicycle in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station.

Two Wheels Good examines the bicycle's past and peers into its future, challenging myths and clichés while uncovering cycling's connection to colonial conquest and the gentrification of cities. But the book is also a love letter: a reflection on the sensual and spiritual pleasures of bike riding and an ode to an engineering marvel--a wondrous vehicle whose passenger is also its engine.

The Hawk's Way

- by Sy Montgomery

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A splendid and luminous celebration of one of nature's most perfect and mysterious creatures--the hawk--from the New York Times bestselling author of the "astoundingly beautiful" (NPR) The Soul of an Octopus.

When Sy Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan's farm, home to a dozen magnificent birds of prey, it was the start of a deep love affair. Nancy allowed her to work with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old, female Harris's hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet. Not a pet, Jazz was a fierce predator with talons that could pierce skin and bone and yet, she was willing to work with a human to hunt. From the first moment Jazz swept down from a tree and landed on Sy's leather gloved fist, Sy fell under the hawk's magnetic spell.

Over the next few years, Sy spent more time with these magnificent creatures, getting to know their extraordinary abilities and instincts. They are deeply emotional animals, quick to show anger and frustration, and can hold a grudge for years. But they are also loyal and intensely aware of their surroundings. In this mesmerizing account, featuring sixteen pages of gorgeous color photographs, Sy passionately and vividly reveals the wonderous world of hawks and what they can teach us about nature, life, and love.

The Regenerative Garden

- by Stephanie Rose

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Discover how to work with nature, instead of against it, by employing permaculture techniques to create a garden that is not just more beautiful and productive, but also more resilient.

While the word permaculture might sound intimidating, the principals behind it are not. The main goal of permaculture is to turn your space into a functioning ecosystem that's less reliant on external resources and better able to sustain itself through many seasons of growth and change as it resists pests, diseases, and climate extremes. Whatever the size of your space, from a tiny patio garden to a big backyard, and whether you grow food, flowers, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all, The Regenerative Garden is here to help you become a better, more eco-conscious gardener.

Through 80 DIY projects, author Stephanie Rose of the popular website Garden Therapy introduces you to basic backyard permaculture concepts in an easy-to-follow, logical way. Each of the six chapters represents a living element of the garden, capable of playing a valuable role in its constant regeneration, including soil, water, plants, climate, ethics, and community. As you check these projects off your to-do list, you'll find you've reduced your long-term work load, conserved water and other resources, turned your yard into a habitat for wildlife, and learned to grow perennial foods in creative ways.

The 80 featured projects include step-by-step instructions on how to:Employ intensive planting to reduce weeding and watering choresUse living mulches to amend the soilBuild self-watering planters and wicking beds to reduce water useInstall a rain garden to catch runoffPlant a wildlife hedge to support creatures and create a windbreak and noise bufferCompost projects and systems to repurpose waste on-siteMake a butterfly migration station to support pollinators of all sorts
A healthy, organic, regenerative garden is a perfect example of a self-sustaining ecosystem; everything works in tandem, is intricately connected, and comes full circle to create its own never-ending cycle of life.

Gardening Naturally

- by Laurie Perron

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Ecological gardening with ease and simplicity. Gardening Naturally offers a wealth of information and practical advice for growing indoor and outdoor plants based on sustainability, a rejection of artificial chemicals, and respect for biodiversity and the natural world. From advice on planning your garden and dealing with disease, insects, and the arrival of cold weather, to tips for starting your own compost, repotting effectively, and choosing which local and native flowers to best attract pollinators, Gardening Naturally will interest anyone who wants to add flowers, edibles, and greenery to their daily life, no matter the size of their balcony or the extent of their garden.

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