NSS 2021 Convention ~ June 28-July 2* Register

Road Trip Stuff

Whether you choose planes, trains or automobiles, you'll likey be traveling for a few hours to get to Weed, California. The convention team has gathered these free audio books to help break up the time. Help yourself!

Just click on any image to download the zip or audio file to your computer or mobile device.

Steep Trails by John Muir

John MUIR (1838 - 1914)
A collection of Muir's previously unpublished essays, released shortly after his death. "This volume will meet, in every way, the high expectations of Muir's readers. The recital of his experiences during a stormy night on the summit of Mount Shasta will take rank among the most thrilling of his records of adventure. His observations on the dead towns of Nevada, and on the Indians gathering their harvest of pine nuts, recall a phase of Western life that has left few traces in American literature."

Myths and Legends of California

Katharine Berry JUDSON (1866 - 1929)
"...The preparation of a volume of the quainter, purer myths, suitable for general reading, authentic, and with illustrations of the country portrayed, but with no pretensions to being a purely scientific piece of work.... This volume is intended for popular use." As with most mythologies or religions, these stories tell how the world came to be, how places and peoples got their names, how social customs and mores developed, adventures of the ancestors or gods, and much, much more.

Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest

Edward Tyson ALLEN (1875 - 1942)
Written by a forester, this book aims to educate people on the importance of maintaining forests and those events which pose a danger to forests. It looks at forests from multiple points of view, the public, lumbermen, and the farmer. Given the author's association with the forestry department in the Pacific Northwest, the book focuses primarily on that region; however, the information provided is universal.

A History of California: The Spanish Period

Charles Edward CHAPMAN (1880 - 1941)
If you have ever wondered why Spain (and not Japan, which was so so much better positioned to do it) was first to "settle" the Golden State, this book is for you. Professor Chapman has produced a comprehensive and highly entertaining popular history of "the Californias," beginning with a nod to geography and the native races and carrying on through to the arrival of Old Glory in 1848.

The Mountains of California by John Muir

John MUIR (1838 - 1914)
John Muir was one of the first modern preservationists. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, and wildlife, especially in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, were read by millions and are still popular today. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. His writings and philosophy strongly influenced the formation of the modern environmental movement.

The Californian's Tale by Mark Twain

Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910)
Thirty-five years ago I was out prospecting on the Stanislaus, tramping all day long with pick and pan and horn, and washing a hatful of dirt here and there, always expecting to make a rich strike, and never doing it. It was a lovely region, woodsy, balmy, delicious, and had once been populous, long years before, but now the people had vanished and the charming paradise was a solitude.