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Nature is welcoming us. It’s time to start planning an outside adventure for you and your family. The books listed below provide information on biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, birding, photography, and other sporty activities that can’t be done indoors.

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Birding Basics : Tips, Tools & Techniques for Great Bird-Watching by Noah K. Strycker

Targeted to beginners and beyond, National Geographic’s fun, inspiring guide to the art, craft, and science of bird-watching combines practical know-how and expert knowledge. Browsable and bursting with helpful illustrations and photographs, Birding Basics offers new ideas for when, where, and how to get to know the birds in your world. Not a field guide but a primer in best practices, authored by birding expert Noah Strycker, this breezy book features easy-to-follow advice on what to look and listen for, how to use field guides and birding apps, the best equipment to start with, and ways to engage with other birders around the world.

Woman in the Wild : The Everywoman’s Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Backcountry Travel by Susan Joy Paul

Few experiences rival a grand outdoor adventure. Hiking into the wilderness, camping under the stars, and exploring the backcountry offer new challenges that awaken a woman’s spirit and test her soul. Adventurer and guidebook author Susan Joy Paul provides real instruction for women of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to intermediate hikers and experienced mountaineers.

Illuminated by Water : Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World by Malachy Tallack

Illuminated by Water is a book about the author’s own decades-long passion for ­fly fishing and how it has shaped the way he sees and thinks about the natural world. That passion is shared and made legible here, not just for other anglers, but for those who have never yet cast a line in the water. Why is it that catching ­fish–or even thinking about catching fish–can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems a simple act of casting a line and hoping can feel so rich in mystery? 

Tough Broad : From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking–How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives As We Age by Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul has always filled her life with adventure: From mountain biking in the Bolivian Andes to pitching a tent, mid-blizzard, on Denali, she has never been a stranger to the exhilaration the outdoors can hold. Yet through it all, she has long wondered, Why aren’t women, like men, encouraged to keep adventuring into old age? Tough broad is her quest to understand not just how to live a dynamic life in a changing body, but why we must.

Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the USA

Whether you want to hike through the jaw-dropping scenery of Acadia, see rare wildlife and natural wonders in Yellowstone, or go river-rafting in the Grand Canyon, the local Fodor’s travel experts in all the National Parks are here to help!

iPhone Photography Book : How to Get Professional-Looking Images Using the Camera You Always Have With You by Scott Kelby

An award-winning photographer, in this long-awaited book fully dedicated to iPhone photography, shares his secrets and shooting advice for capturing truly amazing pictures with an iPhone. 

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AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey : Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in the Garden State, From the Skylands to the Shore by Priscilla A. Estes

A guide to 50 of the best hikes in New Jersey that can be completed in one day or less, for beginner and experienced hikers.

Gardening for Everyone : Growing Vegetables, Herbs, and More at Home by Julia Watkins

A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably–from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects.

100 Trails, 5,000 Ideas : Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joseph R. Yogerst

This authoritative travel guide takes you on a series of epic hiking and walking adventures on 100 trails around all 50 states and Canada. 

Mountain Biking in New Jersey : 50 Off-Road Rides in the Garden State by Christopher Mac Kinnon

This third edition is chock full of up-to-date information on fifty off-road rides in the Garden State, including expanded South Jersey coverage.

Pickleball for All : Everything But the “Kitchen” sink by Rachel Simon

An entertaining and comprehensive look at America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball for all is the ultimate primer for any level of player interested in the wacky history, unique rules, and exciting future of pickleball.

The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts : 42 Outdoor Adventures to Conquer With Your Family by Stacy Tornio

Features forty-two scavenger hunts for children and families to participate in outdoors.

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Great Outdoors U.S.A : 1,000 Adventures Across All 50 States 

This collection offers more than 1,000 escapades to experience across the United States.

BBQ Revolution : Innovative Barbecue Recipes From an All-Star Pitmaster by Mitch Benjamin

From classic, competition-winning recipes to boundary-pushing que, join the founder of Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and Char Bar in Kansas City for a BBQ Revolution! Mitch Benjamin has helped open BBQ restaurants in Paris, served his smoked meat to baseball legends at Yankee field, and taken home some serious hardware from just about every major BBQ competition.

Where Should We Camp Next? Budget Camping : A 50-State Guide to Budget-Friendly Campgrounds and Free and Low-Cost Outdoor Activities by Stephanie Puglisi

From camping and RV industry experts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, Where Should We Camp Next? is your guide to planning an amazing, budget-conscious family vacation, featuring 200+ of the best and most interesting campgrounds and outdoor accommodations across the US, along with recommendations for cheap and free activities, restaurants, and more.

Complete Horse Riding Manual by William Micklem

Complete Horse Riding Manual is brimming with advice on finding the best horse for you, training a young horse, forming the ultimate horse-and-rider team, boosting and maintaining your own physical fitness and suppleness, and building the fitness and stamina of your horse.

Runner’s World Complete Book of Running : Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition 

The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in Runner’s World Complete Book of Running. 

The Swimming Drill Book by Ruben J. Guzman

Inside, you’ll find more than 175 drills for refining strokes, correcting faults, and improving your feel for the water. In addition to mastering all four competitive strokes—freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly—you’ll learn the essentials of body position, sculling, starts, turns, and finishes. You’ll even find all-new coverage of open-water drills and strength band workouts to be performed poolside. 

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Golf Essentials for Dummies by Gary McCord

Our hardcover editions of the best-selling For Dummies how-to guides feature stunning full-color photography and a handsome format that makes a great gift! This classic title is sure to be appreciated by anyone trying to learn the popular sport or improve his or her game. The authors, both noted golf commentators, provide a comprehensive guide to all elements of the sport, from proper stance to aiming, swinging, and scoring.

Fifty Places to Travel with Your Dog Before You Die : Dog Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella

Fifty Places to Travel with Your Dog, the 18th book in the Fifty Places series, will explore all of the domestic and international ways dog owners can celebrate their love for man’s best friend. From the dazzling glaciers of Alaska and the onsen’s of Japan to the sun-soaked beaches of Portugal, this book takes you on a dog-approved journey of where to stay and how to travel with your beloved furry friend. 

Fishing for Dummies by Peter Kaminsky

Some say successful fly fishing requires supreme athleticism, a surgeon’s delicate touch, and the serene spirit of a Zen master. But forget the hype: The updated edition of Fly Fishing for Dummies shows that all you need to get the hang of this enjoyable sport are the right tools, a disciplined technique, and a positive attitude. Whether you’re an old salt or dipping your toes in for the first time, you’ll find everything you need to learn, improve, and keep your casting sharp and fresh!

The Complete Golf Manual by Steve Newell

Covering every possible aspect the game, from tee shots, iron play, pitching and chipping to coping with bunkers and putting, The Complete Golf Manual works is the ultimate self-improvement guide to playing better golf. With a series of exercises designed to develop your technique, routines to help you think more decisively on the course, and a section on the top 10 most common faults, Steve Newell offers a fast track to a lower handicap for all-from the novice to the experienced club golfer.

Training for Climbing : The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Climbing Performance by Eric Horst

With the unique perspective of a veteran climber, researcher, and coach, Eric Hörst blends leading-edge sports science with his decades of climbing and coaching experience to create a content-rich text packed with practical how-to and what-to-do information.

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