Outdoor Education

by admin on December 16, 2009

Muir Woods is an excellent place for the teacher or parent looking to provide some education on an outing. Unlike a lot of parks that focus on outdoor activities or landmarks, Muir Woods also has a political significance that can be used as a lesson or passed down from parent to child as useful knowledge. The United Nations Charter was organized in San Francisco following the ambitions of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. President Roosevelt actually passed away just before the signing of the United Nations Charter, and delegates met in Muir Woods to commemorate him. When going to the park, reference the park map for the location of Cathedral Grove. This was the site of a dedication in Roosevelt’s name.

The story behind the park’s establishment is equally intriguing, if not as relevant to America’s political history. Muir Woods was set up on land donated by a former United States Congressman (William Kent) and his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Kent chose to name the park after John Muir, who was an enthusiastic champion of conservation and environmental research. Lessons can be built around the park’s establishment as it relates to the Antiquities Act of 1906, as well. Muir Woods is the first national park established on donated private land. There are a number of resources available on-line and at the visitor’s center that layout the timeline of the park’s history and points of interest. Tours are available for groups, as well.

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