Known as the Father of Yosemite, John Muir (1838-1914) made the American Wilderness his lifework. This naturalist, writer, explorer, and pioneer ecologist popularized the cause of conservation – at a time when natural resources seemed inexhaustible. While Muir has been credited as being the architect of the national park idea, he was also a spirit so free that to prepare for an expedition, he would merely "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump over the back fence." The self-described "Tramp" drew recognition for his wilderness expertise from presidents and poets alike. Settle in for wild adventure tales, gentle philosophical perspectives, and impassioned pleas in defense of wilderness. For more information contact Vicki Lang, 618.549.8390.