Readings for Environmental Science

Please click on one of the links below to take you to a reading posted on the web or a transcribed reading.

If you choose to print out any of the following readings please recycle the copies if you choose not to keep them for future reading/reference!

Required class reading:

Abstract Wild (The Importance of Peacock) - Jack Turner

Chasing Abbey - Doug Peacock

Francis Thicke - A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture 

Some classics:

Stickeen - John Muir

Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta - John Muir

Thinking Like a Mountain by Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic

Nick Black Elk Readings: I have included the Preface to the 1961 edition of Black Elk Speaks and one chapter from the book. Please note that the whole book is available on the same website. I would recommend that everyone read the Great Vision of Black Elk when you get time.

1961 Preface to Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

Chapter 18, The Powers of the Bison and the Elk, from Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

Wallace Black Elk Readings: The transcribed readings below are from Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota/Wallace Black Elk and William S. Lyon, 1991, Harper Collins, 199 pp.

Preface and The Eagle - Wallace Black Elk

Edward Abbey:  The transcribed readings below are from Desert Solitaire:

Down the River