Books, Articles & Teaching Kits
The Permaculture Classroom: a Systems-based Approach by Michael Becker

Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively by Robin Clayfield (can be adapted for all ages, with a focus on applying permaculture to teaching, rather than teaching permaculture)

Outdoor Classrooms by Carolyn Nuttall and Janet Millington

Seed to Seed: Food Gardens in Schools by Jude Fanton & Jo Immig (an extensive resource on permaculture gardening) 

Eat Your Garden: Organic Gardening for Home and Schools by Leone Shanahan

Gardening with Children by Beth Richardson

Native American Gardening:  Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families by Michael Caduto & Joseph Bruchac

Permaculture Goes to School

An Ecojustice Approach to Climate Change by Emily Zionts**

Food Not Lawns by Heather Coburn Flores (has a chapter called “The Next Generation’ that provides tips, projects and ideas for working with children)  

Getting Started in Permaculture: Over 50 DIY Projects for House & Garden Using Recycled Materials by Ross and Jenny Mars (a very short read)

Sunflower Houses and Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots by Sharon Lovejoy (not permaculture by name, but supports it beautifully)

The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning (a collaborative project)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire **

The Nature Principle by Richard Louv  (a basis for sustainable living skills and sustainable community development education)

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory & Practice  Renewal, Remembrance and Resistance for Decolonizing People of European Heritage by Ana Oian Amets and Christine Blachly **

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden by John Jeavons 

You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too by Robin Clayfield

Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

Connected Wisdom: Living Stories About Living Systems by Linda Booth Sweeny

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education by David Sobel

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators by David Sobel

The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion and Character at School by Rachael Kessler

Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist by Mitchell Thomashow

Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects by Joanna Macy**

Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education by Gregory Cajete**  

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

Permaculture kits and resources for teaching permaculture by Robin Clayfield and Skye

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles Teaching Kit, 2nd Edition

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum **

A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching about the Environmental Crisis by Bigelow, Swinehart, Jones, Suzuki, LaDuke, Shiva

Responsive Teaching: An Ecological Approach to Classroom Patterns of Language, Culture and Thought by Bowers & Flinders

Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom by Christensen, L.**

Reading, Writing and Rising Up: Teaching about Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word by Christensen, L.**

Educating from the Heart: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Transforming Education by Johnson

Education and Climate Change: Living and Learning in Interesting Times by Kagawa

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Finney, C.**

Education for Hope in Troubled Times: Climate Change and the Transition to a Post-Carbon Future by Hicks, D.

Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy and Planetary Crisis: the Ecopedagogy Movement by Kahn

EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic and Sustainable Communities by Martusewicz & Edmundson**

Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World by Orr & Capra

Educating for Humanity: Rethinking the Purposes of Education by Seymour**

Barefoot Education

Engaging Students in their Community: Hood River Middle School Outdoor Classroom Project

EE in the Pacific Northwest by Michael Becker

Mother Earth School: First All-Outdoor Kindergarten in the US by Kelly Hogan

About the International School Grounda Alliance by Builder, D. 

It Takes a Village by Sharon Danks

Social Permaculture: Principles in Action by Lisa DePiano

State of the World's Children by Carol Bellamy

A Garden Love Affair: The Epic Nature of Michael Becker! by Melissa Flint

Biophilia: Does Visual Contact With Nature Impact Health and Well-Being? by Grinde & Patil

The Tree Fort Code Willi Paul interview with Kelly Hogan & Matt Bibeau

Let Permaculture Grow Amidst Public Education by Lindsay Scullen

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest by Vandana Shiva

At Mother Earth School, Outdoor Education is Reclaiming Humanity with Humility by Kelly Hogan

Sustainable Education: Re-Visioning Learning and Change by Sterling & Orr

School Garden Programs are on the Rise in US Public Elementary Schools, but are Less Common in Schools with Economically Disadvantaged Student Popluations by Turner, Sandoval & Chaloupka

Benefits of Gardening for Children by Bambi Yost


**What is Privilege?

TED Talk - Logan LaPlante on “Hackschooling” 

**TED Talk - Pandora Thomas and Zakiya Harris on Diversity, Environmental Literacy & Curriculum

**TED Talk - Emily Pilloton on 'Teaching Design for Change'

**TED Talk - Mellody Hobson on 'Color Brave' vs. 'Color Blind'

**TED Talk - Thelma Golden on How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

**TED Talk - Chimamanda Adichie on The Danger of a Single Story

TED Talk - Christopher Emdin on How to Create Magic (in teaching)

TED Talk - Aryind Gupta on Turning Trash into Toys for Learning

TED Talk - Sir Ken Robinson on Education and Creativity

Jon Young on Information vs. Connection

Jon Young on Mentorship vs. Inner Drive


Green Teacher

Fireweed, Herbalism, Children and Families (scroll down for it)


Children in Permaculture (they have an extensive curriculum manual that you can download for free)

US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Beyond Benign  (K12 free online STEM curriculum for Green Chemistry)

Fractal Foundation  (great site for patterns and math)  

Facing the Future (some free curriculum, some for sale) 

Green Schools Curricula Directory

Center for Eco-Literacy

The Edible Schoolyard (has voluminous resources listed of all sorts including fundraising  and managing volunteers, and a large array of curriculum searchable by grade level, season and other criteria)

Educational Standards for Education for Sustainable Development

Teachers for Justice**

Seeds of Solidarity**

Serving Food Justice**

Educational Children’s Books & Stories

Song of  Seven Herbs by Walking Night Bear & Stan Padilla (early childhood and elementary)

Botany in a Day by Tom Elpel (middle school +)

Shanleya’s Quest by Tom Elpel  (early childhood and beyond - the card game that goes with this book is wonderful for all ages!)

I’m a Medicine Woman Too by Jesse Hardin

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature &, Survival for Children by Tom Brown Jr.  (books by Tom Brown are great reading for middle school +  students, as well as great references for teachers of all ages)

The Omnivore's Dilemma (Young Reader's Edition) by Michael Pollan

How the Loon Lost Her Voice by Anne Cameron

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki

Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham


Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young,  Ellen Haas &  Evan McGown (this is an AMAZING resource for children of all ages!)

The Shape of Change by Quaden, Ticotsky, Lyneis (contains lessons with a variety of systems thinking tools that engage students in classroom activities)

Toy Making with Children by Freya Jaffke (can be adapted for many ages as some projects are quite complex and others are quite simple)

Celebrating the Great Mother by Cait Johnson & Maura Shaw (Sacred, Earth-honoring activities for early childhood & early elementary ages. This book has a heavy spiritual tone with simple activities that can be translated more secularly to honor the seasons of the year.)

Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, Anne Hill & Sara Boore (Really emphasizes the reverence aspect of working with children in nature. Can be adapted to a more secular tone while still offering seasonal activities traditional to Earth-based cultures.)

Nature Crafts for Kids: 50 Fantastic Things to Make with Mother Nature’s Help by Gwen Diehn & Terry Krautwurst

Nature's Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield

Living Earth Games (permaculture based and cooperative)

The Wonder of Trees: Nature Activities for Children by Andrea Frommherz & Edith Biedermann

The Organic Artist by Nick Neddo

Making Woodland Crafts: Using Green Sticks, Rods, Poles, Beads and String by Patrick Harrison

Climate Change Despair and Empowerment Activity for Students

Movement & Child Development

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head by Carla Hannaford

The Dominance Factor:  How Knowing your Dominant Eye, Ear, Brain, Hand and Foot Can Improve Your Learning by Carla Hannaford

First Grade Readiness: Resources, Insights and Tools for Waldorf Educators edited by Nancy Blanning

Your Child’s Growing Mind: A  Guide to Learning & Brain Development from Birth to Adolescence by Jane Anne McHealy

The Well-Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard Blythe

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy (focuses on birth through age three)

Special Needs

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz

**Difficult Children, There is No Such Thing by Henning Kohler

Dealing with Nervous, Anxious, and Troubled Children by Henning Kohler

Nick Walker speaks on Neurodiversity **


Storytelling with Children by Nancy Mellon

Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children by Susan Perrow

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers

Animal Speak.' The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews (this is a wonderful resource for storytelling to deepen the teacher’s knowledge of the symbolism of bugs & animals)

Healing Wise by Susun Weed (she gives personalities & voices to medicinal plants ~  fun for embellishing botany curriculum)


Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook by Peter Blood & Annie Patterson

The Wynstone Press books are organized by season and contain songs, verses and stories


Sobonfu Some on Embracing Grief

The Great Grief: How to Cope with Losing Our World

Grief as a Gateway to Love in Teaching

The Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition by Baker, C. 

Joanna Macy's The Work that Reconnects (websites of resources and songs)


Children's Permaculture Guild: Zone C: A Place for Children, a presentation at the 6th International Permaculture conference  

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh (this is a classic piece on white privilege) **

TED Talk - How to Start a Movement

A Radical Experiment on the Playground

Andy Goldsworthy  Rivers and Tides (consider the educator as an artist)

What the Robin Knows by Jon Young

Article: Bullying vs. Normal Social Conflict by Carrie Goldman

Learning style assessment tool

How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Anderson, S. 

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Berry, T.

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible by Eisenstein, C.

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming by Hawken, P.

Soil Soul Society: A New Trinity for Our Time by Kumar, S.

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy by Macy & Johnstone

Stories of the Great Turning by Macy, Reason & Newman

Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World by Bill Plotkin

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace by Vandana Shiva**



The Basics of Permaculture Design by Ross Mars

Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren

Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren

From Soap to Cities: Designing from Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges by Eberlein, S.

Permaculture Ethics by Eliades, A.

People & Permaculture: Caring and Designing for Ourselves, Each Other and the Planet by Macnamara, L.

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

Designing & Maintaining Your Edible Landscape, Naturally by Robert Kourik

How to Grow More Vegetables… by John Jeavons

Frankly Not About Food Forests ** by Toi

The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

Rainwater Harvesting I & II by Brad Lancaster

Plant-Specific Books & Resources

Plants of the Northwest Coast by Pojar & MacKinnon (Lone Pine publishing company publishes wonderful pîant books for different regions. These are great references as they include ethnobotanical uses of plants, thereby linking the plants  to the story of their relationship with First Nations people)

Peterson Field Guides Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson

Plants for a Future

Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

West Coat Food Forestry


Grow Biointensive, A Beginner’s Guide by John Jeavons

A Farm for the Future

Establishing a Food Forest by Geoff Lawton

Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo a Documentary by Mary Lance

Economics of Happiness

An ever growing collection of videos can be seen at Permaculture Cairns

Growing black soldier fly larvae as food for aquaponics system


Permaculture International Journal

Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture Activist

Acres USA


Permaculture Principles  (David Holmgren)

Permaculture Institute  (Scott and Arina Pittman)   

Permaculture Education Center  (72 hr online PC course)

Open Permaculture School (free, online permaculture design courses)

Essence of Permaculture (free online intro to permaculture and information about the movement, as well as information about the use of principles - great for classroom research about permaculture, pdf free online in several languages)

Scribd (a digital library full of permaculture resources)