Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

New Podcast Explores History of the Appalachian Trail

Professor Mills Kelly of George Mason University and his team have put together a wonderful podcast series about the history of the Appalachian Trail. If you’ve ever wondered how the trail came into being or what went on behind the scenes to get it built, this is a great place to start. I look forward […]

New Video Series takes us in Search of America’s Conservation Heritage

Voices of the Wilderness cover ©2020 www.JeffRyanAuthor

Those who have read my books and blogs find a deep appreciation for America’s history woven in. After all, every journey is an adventure in two dimensions: the present and—if we look closely enough—our past. Keeping Stories Alive As I’ve researched my books, I’ve had the realization that keeping the stories of our conservation heritage […]

How does a wilderness ethic take root?

Photo of view from Aldo Leopold's childhood home in Burlington, Iowa. ©2018 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

I’ve been on a quest for the past two years. On my journeys across the country, I’ve made it a point to spend time in certain places — those locales that instilled a love of nature in people that would go on to become advocates for nature and foresaw the need to protect the wildlands […]