In California, early fall is perhaps the best time of the year to get out and explore. The coastal fogs retreat, and the days are warm and sunny through October. From coastal redwoods to the High Sierra, there is no shortage of world-class hiking and ecological diversity throughout California. We’ve selected some of our bestselling guides and perennial favorites for exploring the state’s wilderness and wildlife.

California Natural History Guides

The authors of the California Natural History Guides have walked into wildfires, plunged into shark infested waters, scaled the Sierra Nevada, peeked under rocks, and gazed into the sky to present the most extensive California environmental education series in existence. Packed with photographs and illustrations and compact enough to take on the trail, they are essential reading for any California adventurer.

The latest in the series is Field Guide to California Insects, the only California-specific, statewide book devoted to all groups of insects, completely revised for the first time in over 40 years. Beautifully illustrated with color photos, this guide includes over 600 insect species, focusing on distinguishing features, remarkable aspects of biology, and geographical distribution in the state. Browse the California Natural History Guides.

For All Nature Lovers

Whether you’re looking for guidance at a moment of crisis or to get lost in an evocative explorations of trees, crack a spine and be transported with these books for nature lovers beyond California.

The titles selected here offer sobering accounts of our ocean’s ecosystems, explore the origins of American conservation and environmental movements, reveal the hidden histories of our nation’s first parks, and offer innovative solutions for protecting our fragile environment. Browse books for all nature lovers.

Reference Guides

Take a deeper dive with these comprehensive studies and resources for ecologists and naturalists. The guides selected here examine major and minor biota evolutionary events, delve into phylogeographic histories, and explore the development of ecological and environmental concepts and ideas that have led to our modern views of ecology. Browse reference guides.

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