I would be greatly amiss if I did not share John Muir's birthday today with his vision and contribution to the National Parks that we still enjoy today.
My own students have truly enjoyed learning about John and his passion for nature and it's preservation. We have incorporated him into our history journals alongside Teddy Roosevelt.
If you are unfamiliar with the book "The Camping Trip That Changed America," I highly recommend it. It shares of the magnificent and inspiring time that TR had with John while camping in Yosemite Valley. I love that one of the illustrations is patterned after the iconic picture of TR and John standing at Glacier Point overlooking Yosemite Valley. We have also come across the same story in the video series "Charlie Brown's This Is America."
It is not possible to teach and discuss the importance of the National Parks without understanding the role of John Muir. As Americans, we are thankful for your vision for conservation!