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John Burroughs Medal Awarded to Kathleen Jamie for Sightlines

The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of the John Burroughs Medal is Kathleen Jamie for her book Sightlines, published by The Experiment, New York, 2013.
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John Burroughs Nature Essay Award for 2013 to Robin Wall Kimmerer:

The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award is Robin Wall Kimmerer for "Council of the Pecans," published by Orion Magazine in its September/October 2013 issue.  
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John Burroughs Riverby Awards for 2013 Announced:

The four books on the 2013 list contain rewarding observations that come to naturalists, authors and illustrators after patient hours of personal observation.

The Animal Book, Steve Jenkins, author, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (2013).

The Mystery of Darwin's Frog, Marty Crump, author, Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriquez, illustrators, Boyds Mills Press, (2013).

Parrots Over Puerto Rico,Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore, authors, Susan L. Roth, collages, Lee & Low Books, Inc., (2013).

The Secret Pool, Kimberly Ridley, author, and Rebekah Raye, illustrator, Tilbury House Publishers, (2013).
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(The Mystery of Darwin's Frog by Martha L. Crump. Copyright © 2013 by Martha L. Crump. Published by Boyds Mills Press, Inc. Used by permission.)

John Burroughs and Slabsides featured in Teaching the Hudson Valley

John Burroughs and Slabsides are the subject of the March quiz on THV's Facebook page. and a blog post with additional information and resources for teachers.

Lark in the Park to Rochester Hollow
to the newly restored John Burroughs Monument

Fri, Oct 11, 10 am
Join John Wadlin, Joan Burroughs and Bill Rudge for a 2-mile hike to the 1921 John Burroughs Monument and celebrate the beautiful restoration. Sign up at

Slabsides is located in West Park, NY, From Route 9W at West Park, turn west onto Floyd Ackert Road (near the Post Office), cross the railroad tracks, and go about 1/2 mile to Burroughs Drive on left. Take Burroughs drive until you see the gate on your right. Park near gate and walk to the cabin. Map.

John Burroughs occupies a permanent place in American literature. Though he was a leading literary critic in his day, he was a pioneer in the new school of nature writing and the most popular writer of his period in the field he made his own. Burroughs' legacy of some twenty-five volumes, of which more than a million and a half copies were sold during his lifetime, has had a profound influence on our appreciation of nature.
The rustic cabin of John Burroughs was built in 1895 a mile and a half from his home on the Hudson.  It served as a retreat for the naturalist for the last twenty years of his life as a place where he could write, study nature, and entertain his friends. Burroughs wrote some of the essays at Slabsides, a National Historic Landmark, that made him America's foremost nature writer of his time.  To view upcoming events click on Slabsides Programs and Events.
Literary Awards
The John Burroughs Medal Award was created in 1926 to honor outstanding natural history writing, a genre perfected by Burroughs. Awards are also given for the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers and the Outstanding Published Nature Essay. To view the event, winning books, and the archive of past winners click on Awards.
Nature Sanctuary -
Stay in the loop to hear about the work of members and volunteers to develop and restore trails in the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary.  To view trail work and wildlife, click on Sanctuary.        
Join JBA
Join us to make the legacy of John Burroughs known to nature writers, environmentalists, and conservationists. To view membership forms and make a donation, click on JBA.

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