The experiences of Sierra Club founder John Muir during his youth on his family’s farm at Fountain Lake in Wisconsin were critical to his development and early thinking about wilderness and conservation. Without the beauty of the fields, forests, and streams of the Muir farmland, which Muir adored, would he have developed into the father of the modern conservation movement? It’s an interesting idea to consider.
What experiences with wilderness have been influential to you? How have your interactions with wilderness made you think about yourself and the larger world? Reflect on your personal relationship with wilderness and why such relationships are important.