Nature's Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children's Nature Movement

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Farcountry Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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Once hailed by Time magazine as "the Johnny Appleseed of nature museums," John Ripley Forbes arguably did as much as anyone in history to keep the wonders of nature alive for America's children.

Through seven decades of passionate, tireless effort, Forbes helped create outdoor-based science and learning centers in more than 200 communities across the country.

Nature's Keeper chronicles the life of this extraordinary educator, from his teen years with renowned conservationist William Hornaday, to his celebrated "animal lending libraries" of the 1950s and 1960s, to his final preservation victories at the end of the twentieth century.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER ONE THE HOME WOODS childhood in the forests and fields ofNew England Forbes
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CHAPTER TWO FIRE AND ICE the scientist and the fundraiser heading to the Arctic with
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CHAPTER THREE MUSEUM MAN
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CHAPTER FOUR A WHIRLWIND IN KANSAS John refuses to take no for an answer launching
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CHAPTER SIX BORROWING PETUNIA
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CHAPTER SEVEN TO SERVE AND PROTECT
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CHAPTER EIGHT POT PATCH TO PARK
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CHAPTER NINE THE FINAL FOREST
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EPILOGUE
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Gary Ferguson writes for a variety of national publications, including Vanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of sixteen books on nature and science.

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