Nature & Science

Pioneers on the southern Indiana frontier in the early 19th century lived close to the land. They looked to the natural environment for food, clothing, and shelter. Their survival was dependent on the resources they found and their ability to effectively utilize them. But in the process of doing so, they altered the environment as well. They hunted the wild animals and cleared the land. Those who followed them continued to reshape the land and the environment for varying reasons. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial combines the commemorative and natural landscapes to serve as a useful example of the continuing evolution of the relationship between man and the world around him.

Two men holding large cushaw crookneck squash sitting on low bench in front of split rail fence.
Winners of the Cushaw Contest pose with their winning squash.

NPS/VIP D. Pfaff

Cushaw Squash - Contest on October 12, 2019

For the past several years, the staff of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial has been handing out seeds of the cushaw squash – a variety of squash known to have been grown by the Lincolns in Indiana. Visitors have been encouraged to plant the seeds and grow their own and to come back to the park with the yields of their harvests. On October 12, 2019, the invitation is open again. Visitors can show off their squash and learn more about the ways in which it can be prepared and used.
Tufted Titmouse bird perched on a branch, surrounded by small branches. Bright sunlight casts shadows of branches on the bird and surrounding branches.
Tufted Titmouse


Bird Survey

In addition to exploring all the wonderful history of where Abraham Lincoln grew up, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is also a great place to experience the natural environment where Lincoln was a boy.

Breeding bird surveys were initiated in 2007 to assess changes in species and abundance of birds in the park, and to improve our understanding of breeding birds. Surveys have shown records for 52 different bird species.


Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Projects at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

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