A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
A Sand County Almanac
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that increased my appreciation for the world in which we live. Aldo Leopold’s perspective on the natural world is unique. His words paint pictures that force you to notice and appreciate the way the
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that increased my appreciation for the world in which we live. Aldo Leopold’s perspective on the natural world is unique. His words paint pictures that force you to notice and appreciate the way the natural world works.
As a teacher I just wish that parts of the book were more approachable for students. Some parts were difficult for me to understand, and although they were very interesting, I wouldn't expect students to read them. Overall this was a great book, and I plan on using parts of it in my classroom.
I definitely feel a connection to nature. Whether it’s looking out from the top of a mountain, camping in the middle of the forest, or watching the sun set over a lake, nature brings peace to my life. It reminds me that I am small and insignificant, and that there are bigger and more beautiful things out there than anything I could ever create. There are many different arguments for why I feel this connection, and Aldo Leopold presents one of them in his book. He points out that the atoms and molecules that make up all living things have been recycled throughout history. When we die our bodies decay and those atoms and molecules are available for other animals and plants.
In another part of the book Aldo Leopold talks about how all his education and years of experience as a wildlife specialist have failed to improve upon the wonder and excitement that he experienced exploring nature as a child. We all need to learn to appreciate nature like a child. As we get older we get distracted and we forget the things that are truly important. This is something that I try to remind myself. I need to appreciate the small things and enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds me.
There is another passage in the book where Aldo Leopold talks about the complexity of nature. He discusses how everything in nature is connected. He points out how scientists tend to specialize in a certain area. They focus their study on one animal or plant and they forget how everything is related. He goes on to discuss his beliefs about conservation. He says that we cannot devalue one plant or animal no matter how insignificant we may think it is. I agree with him on his beliefs about conservation. We must learn to appreciate every part of nature even if we don’t fully understand its importance. We must preserve nature as it is.
This is a great book to use to encourage environmental awareness among students and to discuss ecological concepts. This book also connects science to history and economics.