A park ranger stands outside next to the statue of a boy holding a flower. Hello, my name is Ryan and I'm a park ranger at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri. I am here with the statue of George to tell you a little bit about his interest in nature and in art. It's here that we preserve the two hundred forty acre area where the famous scientist George Washington Carver was born, enslaved, during the Civil War. After the end of slavery, he grew up here and drew inspiration from the land. One of his favorite things to do was to explore the area. He would explore the fields, the woods, the streams, the prairie, and it was through this, studying that he began to understand more about nature's patterns and rhythms and cadences. So much so that he was being asked by the neighbors to help treat their sick and diseased plants and got a nickname as the Plant Doctor. The beauty of the world that was here when he lived here, caused in him to have a lifelong passion for art. As he grew up his paintings and sketches of the natural life that he saw prompted his college art teacher to suggest studying horticulture, which would later become a study in agriculture which he would teach to his students at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. His time here shows the major themes of his life: his love of nature, his appreciation for creation, and his passion for art. In fact, he said that there was nothing that he would rather do than to take his art supplies and go out and paint. So what I would like you to do is to do the same. We want you to make an art journal. Take your journal outside and document what you see. Write it, draw it, paint it, or use whatever medium inspires you. And when you're done, we want to see what you've done, so send it to #WriteOut, or send it to the park at email@example.com and we hope to see you sometime soon.