Grand Old Man of Nature

John Burroughs
John Burroughs

April 3, 1837
John Burroughs was Born

Look around you closely. What do you see? Writer John Burroughs, born on April 3, 1837, near Roxbury, New York, was famous for his observations of the world around him. He especially loved to write about nature, describing the natural beauty of places like the Catskills in upstate New York, a place he found peaceful and inspiring. People of his time loved Burroughs’ writings, books like Birds and Poets and Ways of Nature.

People of his time loved Burroughs’s writings found in his books with titles like Birds and Poets and Ways of Nature. They used to call him the “Grand Old Man of Nature.” He looked the part, too, with his long white beard and feathery hair. He felt it was his “duty to record his own unique perceptions of the natural world.” We all have our own unique way of seeing the world. Like Burroughs, maybe you have an eye for nature. Write down what you see around you. Ask your family to read your observations. Did they see what you saw?