June is Great Outdoors Month!

Celebrate and honor the wonder of the great outdoors all month long

mountainsFinals are done and graduation has passed, which means that the semester is officially over! Kick off your summer by celebrating Great Outdoors Month throughout June. This celebration was started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998 by President Bill Clinton. It grew over the years into what is now a month-long celebration honoring nature and its benefits to the world.

The Libraries have all sorts of materials to help you learn more about the great outdoors or things that you can check out and enjoy while in the great outdoors. Who doesn’t love a good beach read or a guidebook to reference while backpacking in a new place?

Feel free to browse the lists below for things that might spark your interest, or search WorldCat to request items that MIT doesn’t own.

Now get out there and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer!

All about nature:

Seeds of hope : wisdom and wonder from the world of plants by Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson
Remarkable plants that shape our world by Helen & William Bynum
Making the modern garden by Christopher Bradley-Hole ; with Mark Griffiths
The tree : a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter by Colin Tudge
Before they’re gone : a family’s year-long quest to explore America’s most endangered national parks by Michael Lanza
The Serengeti rules : the quest to discover how life works and why it matters by Sean B. Carroll
Landscapes and landforms of South Africa by Stefan Grab and Jasper Knight (editors)
Green metropolis : why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are keys to sustainability by David Owen
Mud, sweat, and tears: the autobiography by Bear Grylls (audiobook)
Playing smart against invasive species : how to enjoy and protect the great outdoors by the U.S. Forest Service (DVD)
American Experience: Lost in the Grand Canyon (streaming video)

Beach reads:
Where’d you go, Bernadette : a novel by Maria Semple
Fates and furies by Lauren Groff
Happiness, like water : stories by Chinelo Okparanta
Delicious foods : a novel by James Hannaham
Harmless like you by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
The terranauts by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Gold fame citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Rubin
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions by Randall Munroe
The tipping point : how little things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Travel/backpacking guides:
Appalachian hiker; adventure of a lifetime by Edward B. Garvey
The complete walker IV by Colin Fletcher & Chip Rawlins
Walking softly in the wilderness : the Sierra Club guide to backpacking by John Hart
Eastern USA by Karla Zimmerman
Nueva York por Regis St. Louis, Christian Bonetto
The Pacific Northwest’s best trips : 32 amazing road trips by written and researched by Becky Ohlsen et all
Iceland by Carolyn Bain, Alexis Averbuck
Fodor’s essential France by Linda Hervieux et all
The rough guide to India updated by Malavika Bhattacharya
Beijing by Daniel McCrohan, David Eimer