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Special March Events

In the next few days, I’ll record episodes with the Talaterra Podcast about how my work helps connect people with the outdoors and Darin Olien about why being in nature contributes so much joy to my life. I’ll post an update when the episodes air. Of course, if you listen and subscribe to their episodes now, you’ll be updated automatically 🙂

The pandemic helped millions rediscover the physical and spiritual effects of being in nature

— but the story has much deeper roots

I recently had a super discussion with Jennifer Walsh and Monica Olsen, hosts of the Biophilic Solutions podcast about the American pioneers who extolled the benefits of being in nature decades before many took note. Please check it out!

Books by Jeffrey H Ryan

USFWS Historian Hosts Author Talk about My Approach to Outdoor Writing

As a special bonus preceding my lecture at the National Conservation Training Center (Headquarters of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Historian Mark Madison invited me into the recording studio to discuss my books and my approach to researching conservation history. It was a fun, wide-ranging discussion to be sure.

This Land Was Saved for You and Me

Cover of the book This Land Was Saved For You and Me.My new book traces the path from Olmsted’s first wanderings in Yosemite to the signing of The Wilderness Act in 1964.

Along the way, we meet well-known advocates for America’s lands and waters including Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt, and Aldo Leopold. But importantly, we also meet many lesser-known people who gave their all to protect forests and wilderness areas before they would be gone forever and ensured that all Americans would retain the benefits of ownership.

Published by Stackpole Books in hardcover format, This Land Was Saved for You and Me is available now from national and local retailers. Click the “order” button below to learn more.  

More Upcoming Events

I am currently booking in-person and virtual appearances for 2023. Please check the sidebar to the right for dates and times and check back often for updates.

Illustration by award-winning artist Bon Eckstein, whose work often appears in The New Yorker magazine.

Navigating the Trail

Lost No More

How to stay on the trail and what to do if you get off it.

You Can't Make this Stuff Up

Where it all Began

The Surprising Story of Antonin Dvorak, The Chicago World’s Fair and the Appalachian Trail

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