Born in Scotland and raised in Wisconsin, John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the leading naturalists of his time. A prolific writer, he strongly advocated for the preservation of the American wilderness and became the founder and president of the Sierra Club in 1892. Through his efforts, the U.S. Congress finally passed, in 1899, the National Park Bill leading to the creation of both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Muirâ?Ts environmental writings continue to inspire millions of people today. Nature Writings brings together 54 of John Muir's essays, including those from his books The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, and Stickeen, along with a selection of others. And, although this book checks in at almost 900 pages, most of the essays run only 15-20 pages long, with some considerably shorter, so skipping around to sample different pieces of Muir's writings is easily done. Any older teen with an interest in ecology, conservation, or beautiful, inspirational writing may find these essays of interest.