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They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American
Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H Brewer
"Ansel Adams and the American Landscape"
The Invention of Nature; Alexander Von Humboldt's New World.
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park
My First Summer in the Sierra
The first of John Muir's books. This inspirational book allows the reader to understand John Muir's desire to protect and preserve Yosemite.
FLO: A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted
My First Summer in the Sierra
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park
An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. El Portal, California:
The Education of Little Tree
Yosemite: Volume One
Our expert instructor highly recommends William Neill's blog and ebook. Find the blog at www.williamneill.com/blog/ and Find his ebook at www.williamneill.com/store/ebooks/yosemite-volume1/index.html
Touch the Earth: A Self-Portrait of the Indian Existence
Sierra Nevada Natural History: An Illustrated Handbook.
A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Sierra Nevada
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area
High Odyssey: The First Solo Winter Assault of Mt. Whitney and the Muir Trail Area.
Anyone who loves mountains, and especially the Sierra Nevada, will find this a great addition to the library. It documents the little known winter solo ski trip over the entire John Muir trail, from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, by Orland Bartholemew in 1928-29. The author expertly crafts the story from old notes and a diary.
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
History of the Sierra Nevada
The Hour of Land; A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West
Westering ManL The Life of Joseph Walker
Sierra Nevada Wildflowers
Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
The Incomparable Valley: a Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite.
Galen Clark: Yosemite Guardian
Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West
Nature’s Army: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Winter WorldL The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Challenge of the Big Trees
Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley
Secrets of the Oak Woodlands; Plants and Animals Among California's Oaks
A Journal of Ramblings Through the High Sierra of California by the University Excursion Party
A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Sierra Nevada.
. Stephen Whitney has taken most of the University of California Press guides and books and done an excellent job of condensing a wide range of biotic and abiotic topics. I highly recommend this guide to anyone interested in the Sierra Nevada, whether a teacher, backpacker, student, or amateur naturalist.
. Gloryland: A Novel.
This books is roughly based on the life of his great-grandfather who was a buffalo soldier and one of those who patrolled Yosemite NP around the turn of the century to protect it from poachers, loggers, miners, etc.
Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South.
Shelton Johnson is an interpretive ranger for Yosemite National Park. His area of expertise is the Buffalo Soldiers and their influence on the early history of Yosemite and the west.
The Secret Knowledge of Water
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures.
Short stories from John Muir that creates an understanding of John Muir.
The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
Flowering Shrubs of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada.
While the trees of Yosemite thrill visitors and the wildflowers often steal the show, every year the blue elderberry, the snowberry, the American dogwood, and dozens of other shrubs bloom in a glory all their own. This lovely volume, with inspired watercolors showing the fruit, flowers, and foliage of the plants, pays these shrubs full homage. Complete with useful information for plant identification, this book serves as a welcome and needed introduction to some of Yosemite's wildflowers.
Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
Uncertain Path; A Search for the Future of National Parks
The San Joaquin – A River Betrayed
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Geologic Story of Yosemite National Park.
Geologic History of Yosemite
Garden of the Sun: A History of the San Joaquin Valley: 1772-1939.
Field Guide to Birds of North America
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.