The Mountains are Calling: Life and Legacy of John Muir

Facilitator: Norma Fox, 568-6731, Dates: Tuesdays, January 8–February 26, 2019 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Text : Son of the Wilderness – the Life of John Muir, by LinnieMarsh Wolfe, $29.95 Presentations: Required

John Muir is one of the most visionary wildlands supporters that ever lived. He had a religious fervor for wilderness that supported him throughout his long life. His holistic perception of nature is viewed as radical even by some of today’s conservation standards.

“The world will look back to the time we live in and remember the voice of one crying in the wilderness and bless the name of John Muir. He sung the glory of nature like another Psalmist, and as a true artist, was unashamed of his emotions. His countrymen owe him gratitude as the pioneer of our system of national parks. Muir’s writings and enthusiasm were the chief forces that inspired the movement. All other torches were lighted from his.” (from Robert Underwood Johnson’s memorial to John Muir).

During this class, we will survey Muir’s life and discuss related topics such as Yosemite National Park, Conservation, and Preservation of our National Parks.