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Children

  • ABCs Naturally: A Child's Guide to the Alphabet Through NatureLynne Smith Diebel & Jann Faust Kalscheur (author) • 2003 •
  • America's Prairies & Grasslands: Guide to Plants and AnimalsMarianne D. Wallace (author) • 2001 • New Listing
  • Bug HuntNeecy Twinem (author) • 1999 •
  • Bugs, Bugs, BugsBob Barner (author) • 1999 •
  • By Nature's DesignPat Murphy (author) • 1993 •
  • Childhood and Nature David Sobel (author) • 2008 •
  • Common Birds and Their SongsLang Elliot & Marie Read (author) • 1998 •
  • Feathers for LunchLois Ehlert (author) • 1996 •
  • Fireflies in the NightJudy Hawes (author) • Ellen Alexander (illustrator) • 1991 •
  • Geography of ChildhoodGary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble (author) • 1995 •
  • If You're Not From The PrairieDavid Bouchard (author) • Henry Ripplinger (illustrator) • 1998 •
  • insectlopediaDouglas Florian (author) • 2001 • New Listing
  • It's FallLinda Glaser (author) • Susan Swan (illustrator) • 2001 •
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Richard Louv (author) • 2005 •
  • Leaf JumpersCarole Gerber (author) • Leslie Evans (illustrator) • 2004 •
  • Leaf ManLois Ehlert (author) • 2005 •
  • Red Leaf, Yellow LeafLois Ehlert (author) • 1991 •
  • Sunflower HouseEve Bunting (author) • Kathryn Hewitt (illustrator) • 1996 •
  • Tallgrass Prairie AlphabetClaudia McGehee (author) • 2004 •
  • Too Many Rabbits: and Other Fingerplays About Animals, Nature, Weather, and the UniverseKay Cooper (author) • Judith Moffatt (illustrator) • 1995 •
  • Waiting for WingsLois Ehlert (author) • 2001 •

Dyeing

  • Art and Craft of Natural Dying: Traditional Recipes for Modern UseJ.N. Liles (author) • 1990 •
  • Dyes from American Native Plants: A Practical Guide Lynn Richards & Ronald J. Tyrl (author) • 2005 •
  • Natural Dyes and Home DyingRita J. Adrosko (author) • 1971 •
  • Nature's Colors: Dyes from PlantsIda Grae (author) • 1979 •
  • North American Dye PlantsAnne & Robert Bliss (author) • 1994 •

Ecology

  • Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and BiodiversityJohnsgard (author) • 2001 •

Edibles & Medicinals

  • Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical GuideKelly Kindscher (author) • 1987 •
  • Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild PlantsSamuel Thayer (author) • 2006 •
  • Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical GuideKelly Kindscher (author) • William S. Whitney (illustrator) • 1992 •
  • Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River RegionMelvin R. Gilmore (author) • 1991 •

Geology

  • Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Rex Buchanan (author) • 2010 •
  • Kansas Physiographic Regions: Bird's-eye Views James S. Aber and Susan W. Aber (author) • 2009 • New Listing
  • Roadside Kansas: A Travelerís Guide to Its Geology and LandmarksRex C. Buchanan & James R. McCauley (author) • 2010 • New Listing

Guide, Invasive Plants

  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest: An Illustrated Guide to Their Identification and ControlCzarapata (author) • 2005 •
  • Invasive Plants: a Guide to Identification, Impacts, and Control of Common North American species Sylvan Ramsey Kaufman and Wallace Kaufman (author) • 2007 •

Guides, General

  • Botany for GardenersBrian Capon (author) • 2010 •
  • Botany in a DayElpel (author) • 2004 •
  • Field Guide to the Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of the United StatesKnobel (author) • 1981 •
  • Guide to Enjoyning WildflowersStokes (author) • 1986 •
  • How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike PlantsHarrington (author) • 1977 •
  • Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms Alexander Schwab (author) • 2007 •
  • Mushrooms Demystified David Arora (author) • 1986 •
  • Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated GlossaryJames G. Harris, Melinda Woolf Harris (author) • 2001 •

Guides, Kansas

  • Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and NebraskaIralee Barnard (author) • 2014 • New Listing
  • Field Guide to the Common Weeds of KansasBarkley (author) • 1983 •
  • Guide to Kansas MushroomsBruce Horn; Richard Kay; Dean Abel (author) • 1993 •
  • Kansas GrassesClenton Owensby (author) • 2004 •
  • Kansas Prairie WildflowersClenton Owensby (author) • 2004 •
  • Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines in KansasStephens (author) • 1969 •
  • Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field GuideMichael Haddock (author) • 2005 •
  • Wildflowers and Weeds of KansasJanet E. Bare (author) • 1979 •
  • Wildflowers of Southeast Kansas and Bordering Counties of Surrounding States Stephen L. Timme (author) • 2009 •

Guides, Midwest

  • Elemental Prairie: Sixty Tallgrass PlantsMadson (author) • 2005 •
  • Field Guide to Oklahoma PlantsTyrl; Bidwell; Masters (author) • 2002 •
  • Field Guide to the North American PrairieJones & Cushman (author) • 2004 •
  • Flora of the Great PlainsThe Great Plains Flora Association (author) • 1986 •
  • Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie PlantsChristianson; Miller; Muller (author) • 1999 •
  • Key to Missouri Trees in WinterCliburn (author) • 1997 •
  • Missouri Wildflowers: a Field Guide to the Wildflowers of MissouriEdgar Denison (author) • 2008 •
  • North American Wildland Plants: A Field GuideStubbendieck; Hatch; Landholt (author) • 2003 •
  • Ozark Wildflowers: A Field GuideKurz (author) • 1999 •
  • Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great PlainsCraig C. Freeman & Eileen K. Schofield (author) • 1991 •
  • Shrubs and Woody Vines of MissouriKurz (author) • 1997 •
  • Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers 2 : A Field Guide to Common Wildflowers and Plants of the Prairie MidwestLadd & Oberle (author) • 2005 •
  • Trees of MissouriKurz (author) • 2003 •
  • Weeds of the Great PlainsJames Stubbendieck, Mitchell J. Coffin, L.M. Landholt (author) • 2003 • New Listing
  • Wildflowers and Other Plants of Iowa WetlandsRunkel & Roosa (author) • 1999 •
  • Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: the Upper Midwest Sylvan T. Runkel & Dean M. Roosa (author) • 2009 •
  • Wildflowers of the Western Plains: A Field GuideZoe Merriman Kirkpatrick (author) • 2008 •

Guides, Poisonous Plants

  • Poisonous Plants of the Central United StatesStephens (author) • 1982 •
  • Toxic Plants of North AmericaGeorge E. Burrows and Ronald J. Tyrl (author) • 2013 • New Listing

Guides, Seeds & Seedlings

  • Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants USDA-NRCS; Missouri Department of Conservation (author) • 2007 •
  • Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation GuidePaul Bockenstedt (author) • 2006 •
  • Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest Dave Williams (author) • Brent Butler (illustrator) • 2010 •
  • Weed Seeds of the Great PlainsDavis (author) • 1993 •

Insects

  • Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their HabitatThe Xerces Society (author) • 2011 •
  • Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North AmericaEric R. Eaton, Kenn Kaufman (author) • 2007 •
  • Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies in the Kansas City Region Betsy Betros (author) • 2008 •
  • Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native PlantsHeather N. Holm (author) • 2014 • New Listing

Landscaping

  • 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants: For American Gardens in Temperate ZonesJohnson (author) • 1999 •
  • Birdscaping for Garden Spaces: A Guide to Garden Birds and the Native Plants that Attract ThemGeorge Adams (author) • 2010 •
  • Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens Douglas W. Tallamy (author) • 2009 •
  • Design Your Natural Midwest Garden Patricia Hill (author) • 2007 •
  • Gardening in the HeartlandSnyder (author) • 1991 •
  • Gardening with Prairie PlantsWasowski (author) • 2002 •
  • Go Native!: Gardening with Native Plants and Wildflowers in the Lower MidwestHarstad (author) • 1999 •
  • Growing and Propagating Wild FlowersPhillips (author) • 1985 •
  • Growing Native WildflowersPlatt & Harder (author) • 1997 •
  • Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses William Cullina (author) • 2008 •
  • Native Landscaping for Wildlife and PeopleTylka (author) • 2002 •
  • Native Trees for North American Landscapes: From the Atlantic to the RockiesSternberg & Wilson (author) • 2004 •
  • Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody PlantsCullina (author) • 2002 •
  • Natural Landscaping: Designing with Native Plant CommunitiesDiekelmann & Schuster (author) • 2003 •
  • Water Plants for Missouri PondsWhitley (author) • 1990 •

Maps

  • Kansas Atlas & GazetteerDeLorme Publishing (author) • 2006 •

Natural History

  • Kansas Outdoor Treasures: a Guide to Over 60 Natural Destinations Julie M. Cirlincuina (author) • 2008 •
  • Kansas WetlandsCollins (author) • 1994 •
  • Kansas Year Mike Blair (author) • 2009 •
  • Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains: A Natural HistoryJohnsgard (author) • 2003 •
  • Life in the Soil: a Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners James B. Nardi (author) • 2007 •
  • Living Landscapes of KansasReichman (author) • 1995 •
  • Nature of Kansas LandsBeverley Worster (author) • 2008 •

Nature Journal

  • Last Prairie: A Sandhills JournalJones (author) • 2006 •
  • Seldom Seen: a Journey into the Great Plains Patrick Dobson (author) • 2009 •
  • Wild Douglas County Ken Lassman (author) • 2007 •

Prairie

  • Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United StatesChris Helzer (author) • 2009 •
  • Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess HillsMutel (author) • 1989 •
  • Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass PrairieKnapp (author) • 1998 •
  • Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild Michael Forsberg (author) • 2009 •
  • Hunger for the Wild: America's Obsession with the Untamed West Michael L. Johnson (author) • 2007 •
  • Konza Prairie: A Tallgrass Natural HistoryO. J. Reichman (author) • 1990 •
  • Prairie Directory of North AmericaAdelman (author) • 2001 •
  • Prairie Dog Empire: A Saga of the Shortgrass PrairieJohnsgard (author) • 2005 •
  • Prairie: A Natural HistorySavage (author) • 2004 •
  • Revolution on the Range: the Rise of a New Ranch in the American West Courtney White (author) • 2008 •
  • This Fragile Land: A Natural History of the Nebraska SandhillsJohnsgard (author) • 1995 •
  • Valley of Grass: Tallgrass Prairie and Parkland of the Red River ValleyChapman; Fischer; Ziegenhagen (author) • 1998 •
  • Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass PrairieMadson (author) • 2004 •

Recreation

  • Hiking Guide to KansasHauber (author) • 1999 •
  • Hiking Kansas City: the Complete Guide to More than 125 Hiking and Walking Trails in the Kansas City Area William B. Eddy & Richard O. Ballentine (author) • 2007 •
  • Paddling Kansas Dave Murphy (author) • 2009 •

Restoration

  • Practical Guide to Prairie ReconstructionKurtz (author) • 2001 •
  • Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost GrasslandsCollard (author) • 2005 •
  • Prairie GardenSmith & Smith (author) • 1980 •
  • Restoring Prairie Wetlands: An Ecological ApproachGalatowitsch & Van Der Valk (author) • 1998 •
  • Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie: An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper MidwesShirley (author) • 1994 •
  • Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands Stephen Packard (Editor), Cornelia F. Mutel (Editor) (author) • 1997 •

Wildlife

  • Birds of KansasMax C. Thompson, Charles A. Ely, Bob Gress, Chuck Otte, Sebastian T. Patti, David Seibel, and Eugene (author) • 2011 • New Listing
  • Birds of Konza: The Avian Ecology of the Tallgrass PrairieJohn L. Zimmerman (author) • 1993 •
  • Buffalo Nation: American Indian Efforts to Restore the Bison Ken Zontek (author) • 2007 •
  • Cougar: Ecology and ConservationMaurice Hornocker & Sharon Negri (editor) • 2009 •
  • Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie WildlifePaul A. Johnsgard & Bob Gress (author) • 2003 •
  • Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots Bob Gress & Pete Janzen (author) • 2008 •
  • Kansas FishesKansas Fishes Committee (author) • 2014 • New Listing
  • Prairie Birds: Fragile Splendor in the Great PlainsPaul A. Johnsgard (author) • 2001 •
  • Prairie Wanderings: The Land and Creatures of the GrasslandsPaul G. Jantzen (author) • Kristin Ediger-Goering (illustrator) • 1993 •
  • Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites Bob Gress & George Potts (author) • 1993 •