Did you know Burroughs Community School is one of eleven lucky schools in the United States to be named after John Burroughs, respective naturalist and author?
John Burroughs was an American naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S. conservation movement. He earned his place in the Ecology Hall of Fame with a million and a half copies of his twenty three volumes of essays extolling nature and encouraging people to experience the natural world. While he wrote for adults, teachers found his work both challenging and interesting to students.
Known as the Hudson River naturalist and the father of the American nature essay, Burroughs became one of the most popular and respected authors of his time. Here is one of his famous quotes:
Nature, the Greatest Good
If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature. Nature we have always with us, an in exhaustible store-house of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind and fires the imagination -- health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul.
From John Burrough’s novel, Leaf and Tendril (1908)
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