RCWO Bookshelf and Film Library

In addition to the books available in the RCWO Store, here are some other reading materials you might find interesting.

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

Landscaping with native Plants of Michigan by Lynn M. Steiner

Using Native Plants to Restore Community – in Southwest Michigan and Beyond by Nancy Cutbirth Small and Tom Small (available through Kalamazoo Chapter of Wild Ones)

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb

A Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan’s Natural Communities by Michigan Natural Features Inventory


Educational Films for Members

Our chapter has a library of informative films that are available for members to

borrow and we are adding more all the time! We also have several PowerPoint

programs we have developed to be used for public presentations.
To borrow a film or to learn more about what presentations we offer groups contact:

Education Coordinator, Nancy Bedell.

Urban & Suburban MeadowsBringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces (DVD) – This film offers interviews by several experts in meadow and prairie establishment. Learn about design, site prep., planting and maintenance of these lawn alternatives.

Jens Jensen – The Living Green (DVD) – The history of how this famous Landscape Architect  and pioneering conservationist  used nature as his model  and came to be known as the “Dean of the American Style” of garden design.

America’s Lost Landscape -Tall Grass Prairies (DVD) – This visually beautiful film explores the history of how our country’s Tallgrass Prairie disappeared in the early part of this century and outlines the efforts being taken to help restore this special ecosystem.

Toward Harmony with Nature (DVD) – Dr. Doug Tallamy, popular national speaker on the importance of native plants and their connection to the food chain and author of “Bringing Nature Home,” lectures on “The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards” and “Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors.”

Gardening For LifeSharing Our Yards With Creatures Great & Small (DVD) – Dr. Doug Tallamy lecture filmed at Kalamazoo Nature Center during a gardening for nature workshop held in 2008. A panel discussion follows the presentation.

Wild About Wildflowers (DVD)This video was produced by National Wild Ones Center and provides information and advice on how to get started and maintain a native wildflower garden.