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  1. Did you ever wonder how this whole nature appreciation movement got started? Nature appreciation really began with the naturalists of the late 1800s. Namely John Muir, Ernst Thompson Seton, and John Burroughs to name a few. President Theodore Roosevelt was also a great help. Muir, Seton, and Burroughs were all writers who believed passionately in nature appreciation and conservation.

    I cover these naturalists and others in the book Lodge Spirit, which is available at http://www.lookaboutlodge.com. The book didn’t start out to cover this subject, but that’s the way it turned out.

    1. Thanks, Ralph, for sharing your website. I resonate with what is written here in this link http://www.lookaboutlodge.com/home/introduction-to-lodge-spirit-2/ on “Introduction to Lodge Spirit”, as I too have come to realise that the Industrial Revolution since the 18th century would have had resulted in a sense of alienation from Mother Nature, which in turn evoked a longing to return to Nature for the refreshment of our souls.

      “In 1900, a wilderness craze was sweeping the country. Hiking and mountaineering were in fashion. The Audubon Society and the Sierra Club had recently been formed. People were fleeing the cities, heading for ‘the great outdoors.’”

      The return to nature was widespread in the early 1900s. People living in cities decided that they had lost something and they wanted it back. What they had lost was the real wilderness. They wanted to pack up and go camping overnight and to climb serious mountains.

      For the first time, people began talking about nature conservation. Muir saw in “the back to nature” craze recruits for his campaign to preserve the wilderness. “Even the scenery habit in its most artificial forms,” he wrote, “mixed with spectacles, silliness, and kodaks, its devotees arrayed more gorgeously than scarlet tanagers – even this is encouraging, and may well be a hopeful sign of the times.”

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