Your Wilderness Stories
“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains – mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s workshops.” John Muir
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. We want your help in building a collection of stories about what wilderness means to you! Share your memories of Denali and wilderness by sending us:
How to Share Your Wilderness Stories
Check out instructions on how to donate images. Be sure to include in the email any thoughts you want us to share about what the image(s) mean to you.
How did being in Wilderness feel? 50 years after the Wilderness Act was written, would you define wilderness in the same way?
Are you at home in this wilderness? Where is home, and what does home mean to you? Can home be a place in which we ourselves are visitors who do not remain? If this was your home, how would you feel?
How will you carry forward the spirit of wilderness? How will you act?
Did You Know?
In 1908, Charles Sheldon – a hunter and naturalist – described in his journal the idea of a park that would allow visitors to enjoy the beauty he saw while visiting Alaska. In 1917 his vision became reality, with the creation of Mount McKinley National Park.