Nature's Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children's Nature Movement

Nature's Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children's Nature Movement

by Gary Ferguson


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ISBN-13: 9781591520856
Publisher: Forbes, John Ripley Big Trees Forest Preserve, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary Ferguson writes for a variety of national publications, including Vanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of sixteen books on nature and science.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Home Woods 15

childhood in the forests and fields of New England; Forbes builds a museum in the attic of his father's rectory; mentored at 15 by one of America's greatest conservationists; John starts his first public natural history museum at age 21; studies at the University of Iowa and Bowdoin College

Chapter 2 Fire and Ice 41

the scientist and the fundraiser; heading to the Arctic with Donald MacMillan; paying honor to a cherished mentor

Chapter 3 - Museum Man 61

the fine art of living on a shoestring; a rising fondness for museums among the middle class; a false start at Cornell

Chapter 4 A Whirlwind in Kansas 67

John refuses to take no for an answer, launching on a colossal undertaking at age 26; the children of Kansas City find a new favorite hangout; one man's enthusiasm becomes another man's irritation

Chapter 5 The Peaceful Warrior 85

a pacifist tries to live his ideals in a time of world war; reimagining the role of museums for a post-war America; Army Private John Ripley Forbes offers outdoor adventures for children in the South, including the first nature museums for black children; a growing number of cities decide that a nature museum for kids is just what they need

Chapter 6 Borrowing Petunia 119

Forbes in California, freshly married and at the height of his game; the media falls in love with animal lending libraries; American children begin going inside, trading time in the park or the woods for television; sounding the alarm about natural treasures being lost to development

Chapter 7 To Serve and Protect 143

John pays homage to his favorite childhood haunt by saving its natural wonders; mission impossible at Stonedam Island; creating children's outdoor centers in urban and suburban Georgia; celebrating nature with poor kids in New York City

Chapter 8 Pot Patch to Park 165

a politically savvy septuagenarian takes on the feds to save a precious slice of Atlanta; sailing to the Antarctic; the second shipwreck of John's life, this time part of the worst oil spill in the region's history; coming back home with a new cause

Chapter 9 The Final Forest 179

The city of Sandy Springs, in north Atlanta, teams up with John Ripley Forbes to save a precious slice of woodland; a dizzying hustle for money; paying tribute to a life well lived

Epilogue 195

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