5 Best Nature Field Guides for Outdoor Explorers

Use a helpful mushroom field guide, tree field guide, wildflower guide and more on your next adventure or hike in the great outdoors.

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Peterson Field to Mushrooms

Mushroom Field Guide

Discover the fascinating world of fungi firsthand with a mushroom field guide. In the Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, you’ll learn which mushrooms are edible and which ones are poisonous in a flash. Make sure you bring it along when you go foraging for food.

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Psst—try growing your own mushrooms at home — it’s easier than you think!

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America

Wildflower Field Guide

Check out descriptions of leaves, stalks and blooms in the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America. This wildflower field guide offers range maps and seasonal info for hundreds of flowers.

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National Audubon Society Trees of North America
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Tree Field Guide

With more than 540 species highlighted in National Audubon Society Trees of North America, you’ll easily figure out which trees you’re seeing on your next hike. This tree field guide offers essential information and plenty of photos to help you identify a tree by its leaves, bark, and more.

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Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

Birding Field Guide

The pictorial table of contents in the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America makes pinpointing birds on your life list a cinch. You won’t want to go bird-watching without this book and a pair of binoculars in your backpack.

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Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests

Bird Nest Field Guide

Get up close with fascinating bird nests in the Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests. Learn about different species’ preferred nesting habitats and breeding behaviors

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Molly Jasinski
Molly Jasinski is an editor, writer and social media manager for Birds & Blooms. She’s been with the magazine since 2019 and with Trusted Media Brands since 2012. She brings more than 10 years of editorial experience to Birds & Blooms and has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. In her role, Molly works closely with bird experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman and gardening expert Melinda Myers, in addition to the Birds & Blooms freelance writers. Molly was featured in a May 2023 episode of The Thing With Feathers birdwatching podcast. She's a member of the nonprofit Friends of Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin, a popular location for birdwatching in southeastern Wisconsin. She goes out birding often and is still hoping to spot a tufted titmouse in the near future.