The Orion Society publishes two popular
book series as well as other educational offerings in formats that are
tailored to classrooms and reading groups as well as the general reader.
Orion books feature exceptional original writing by some of America's
most influential writers and educators on a wide array of subjects.
Planet Drum was founded in 1973 to provide an effective grassroots approach
to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination
and regional self-reliance. In association with community activists and
ecologists, Planet Drum developed the concept of a bioregion: a distinct
area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and
natural systems, often defined by a watershed. A bioregion is a whole "life-place" with
unique requirements for human inhabitation so that it will not be disrupted
and injured. Through its projects, publications, speakers, and workshops,
Planet Drum helps start new bioregional groups and encourages local organizations
and individuals to find ways to live within the natural confines of bioregions.
Founded in 1989 as a nonprofit educational organization, Discovery
Southeast has grown into the region's leading source for natural history
and conservation education.
What Lies Beneath: Responding to Forest Development Plans: A Guidebook
for First Nations
By Doug Hopwood
(available in pdf or book format)
This is a guidebook for First Nation technicians, researchers and decision
makers. It was published by the Aboriginal Mapping Network in British
The Herman Kitka Traditional Ecological Knowledge Series
"Tlingit traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is the
product of generations of learning and experience with the lands, waters,
fish, plants, wildlife, and other natural resources of Southeast Alaska.
As Sitka elder Herman Kitka Sr. shows, Tlingits were trained from an early
age to be aware of and respect the community of living beings that surrounds
them. This meant learning not only how to hunt, fish, gather and process
key subsistence foods and other necessities, but also how to understand
the behavior and roles of other species in the ecosystem, and how to successfully
interact with them in sustainable ways. This knowledge was not gained
in a classroom but largely passed down by elders through oral histories,
songs, crafts, and practical training. With maturity, one's TEK continues
to grow in unique ways through reflection and experience on the land.
We were very honored and fortunate to have Herman Kitka join our class
in 1996 and share with us some of the knowledge and wisdom he has gained
from his Tlingit education and a lifetime of living off the land in a
century of profound change. We hope that you, too, will benefit from the
teachings we have excerpted and indexed in these audio and video modules,
and that you will respect its sources and the richness and relevance of
Tlingit ways of knowing. GunalchÈesh."
Ecotrust, based in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, Juneau, Anchorage and Cordova, Alaska, has produced
a number of place-based education resources.