April 21 Birthday: John Muir, THE CAMPING TRIP THAT CHANGED AMERICA

John Muir, preservationist

Apr. 21, 1838-Dec. 24, 1914

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein (Dial, 2012)

An unlikely alliance rose from an unlikely adventure. President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a camping trip to Yosemite. Snow! Waterfalls! Bears! The environment had to be preserved and enjoyed by all for generations to come. Their trip laid the groundwork for the establishment of the National Parks.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a film by Ken Burns, features a biography of John Muir.

April 21 Birthday – John Muir, JOHN MUIR: AMERICA’S FIRST ENVIRONMENTALIST

John Muir, environmentalist, preservationist, naturalist, conservationist

Apr. 21, 1838-Dec. 24, 1914

John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Stan Fellows (Candelwick, 2006)
John Muir loved wide open spaces and was committed to protecting the wilderness. He founded the Sierra Club in 1892, a conservation group that carries on his work today. His work led to the first National Park in America – Yosemite.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a film by Ken Burns, features a biography of John Muir.