Educational Resources

Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world.

Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader

Climate and environmental literacy will allow us all to better understand our shared challenges and how to make meaningful changes in our lives, our town and our future. There are many resources available today. Below are local conservation/sustainability organizations and resourand some of our committee's film and book suggestions.

Local Organizations

Bronx River Parkway Conservancy A volunteer organization dedicated to conserving the history and landscape of the Bronx River.

Westchester Parks Foundation Non-profit organization that engages the public to advocate for and invest in the preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces within the Westchester County Parks system. Offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Bronx River Alliance Works with NYC Parks Department and other organizations to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor, to make it a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities along it.

Greenburgh Nature Center A nature center offering educational programing, summer camps, and hiking trails. Includes a butterfly house and restored native plant meadow.

Westchester Land Trust Non-profit organization that preserves land and promotes sustainability throughout Westchester; many Land Trust properties are open to the public for hiking and bird watching.

Save the Sound Dedicated to environmental stewardship and activism in communities that border Long Island Sound in New York and Connecticut.

Hudson to Housatonic A regional conservation partnership with dozens of organizations working between the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers in New York and Connecticut.

Groundwork Hudson Valley Creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity.

Vine Cutter An off-shoot of the Bronx River Parkway Conservancy dedicated to removing invasive species along the Bronx River and the Bronx River pathway.

Bedford 2030 A terrific website from a community that leads the way in clean energy and sustainability; find programs, events, ideas for transformation.

Farms & Farm Stands

Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center Yorktown Heights, offers a CSA program

Fable: Farm to Table Ossining, offers a CSA program

Nature's Cradle Eastchester, offers a CSA program

Muscoot Farm Katonah


New York Botanical Garden

Native Plant Center Garden at Westchester Community College

For Kids/Young Adults

TEDEd Climate Change: Earth's Giant Game of Tetris

Annie Leonard's Loop Kids PBS series about sustainability that relates to kids' lives

Books for Kids with Ecological Themes

By Greta Thunberg

No one is too small to make a difference *Also an inspiring quick read for adults.


Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye, National Geographic


Kiss the Ground

The Story of Food Waste

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

The Story of Plastic

Our Ecosystem & Biodiversity

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here - The New York Times



Richard Powers, Winner Pulitzer Prize

The Overstory: A Novel

By Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior

By Wendell Berry

Jaybar Crow


By Doug Tallamy

Bringing home nature

Defining the Landscapes of Bronxville: The Natural and Built Environment, by The Bronxville Historical

Conservancy in Partnership with Peter Gisolfi Assos.

By Hope Jahren

Lab Girl

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go From Here

By Elizabeth Kolbert

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

By Bill McKibben

The End of Nature

Eaarth (sic)

By Wendell Berry

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, founded The Land Ethic

Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau

Gods of the Morning: A Bird’s Eye View of a Highland Year by John Lister-Kaye

The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy by Michael McCarthy

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees by William Bryant Logan

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, journalist