John Muir

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From his early childhood in Dunbar, Scotland, through his wanderings in the American West, John Muir has always been surrounded by natural beauty. Throughout his life, Muir would often take a job for a few months, saving enough money so he could spend the rest of the year living in the mountains and observing the wilderness. Muir's work and influence led to the establishment of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892, making it the oldest environmental organization in the United ...

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Overview

From his early childhood in Dunbar, Scotland, through his wanderings in the American West, John Muir has always been surrounded by natural beauty. Throughout his life, Muir would often take a job for a few months, saving enough money so he could spend the rest of the year living in the mountains and observing the wilderness. Muir's work and influence led to the establishment of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892, making it the oldest environmental organization in the United States. Using Muir's own words, John Muir examines the events that shaped Muir's life as well as the development of his worldview, love of nature, and passion for preservation.

A good leader leads by example, and leaders in the conservation movement are especially hands-on. Conservation Heroes focuses on famous and inspirational luminaries in the protection of the natural world. Readers will learn about the leaders' lives, influences, and work and gain a greater understanding of the earth, oceans, and animals-and the importance of each to our lives-in the processes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604139457
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Conservation Heroes Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Muir's Turning Point 7

2 Childhood in Dunbar 15

3 How Farming Builds Character 24

4 On His Own at Last 36

5 Seeking His Destiny 46

6 Muir's Life's Work and His Soul's Ecstasy 56

7 Resistance and Return 67

8 Writer and Preservationist 80

9 Life as a Living Legend 92

10 Muir's Legacy 109

How to Get Involved 119

Chronology 122

Glossary 127

Bibliography 129

Further Resources 130

Picture Credits 132

Index 134

About the Author 139

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