JOHN MUIR A Meeting in the Valley John Muir’s relationship to the land John Muir’s expeditions and ideas have had a major affect on the land that we live on today. Muir shared his love of nature through writing and inspired people to protect our country's wild places, fueling the formation of the National Park Service and the modern conservation movement. He was known at the “Father of National Parks” because he devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests in his later life. He has published many writings, all describing explorations of natural settings, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The enthusiasm and spiritual quality toward nature expressed in Muir’s writings inspired many readers to take action in helping to preserve large nature areas. At a young age, he began his “love affair” with nature, and he thinks it may have been in reaction to his family’s strict religious upbringing. His father, Daniel Muir, believed that anything that distracted from Bible studies was punishable. However, Muir followed his spirit and continued to embrace his love for nature. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin where he learned enough geology and botany to inform his later wanderings without actually graduating. In his writing’s, he shares vivid and realistic descriptions of his travels. He left school to go to Canada to avoid the military draft, spending the spring, summer, and fall wandering the woods and swamps around Lake Huron collecting plants. After
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- Fall '08
- Wilderness, John Muir, Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, Daniel Muir