Audio Resources
Jeff Walker interview by Tom Hill of WVKR (91.3FM) about John Burroughs and his book “Signs & Seasons” edited and with critical commentary by Jeff Walker.  Go to the web site of the show aired on October 31 to hear interview at

WAMC Northest Public Radio
airs John Burroughs program by Susan Barnett,
Click Here to listen!

Print Resources
John Burroughs and the Place of Nature
by James Perrin Warren ~ from the University of Georgia Press

Burroughs' West Park home was a get-away
By Anthony P. Musso • For The Poughkeepsie Journal • May 13, 2009
An interview with Jason Dempsey, resident naturalist at Slabsides.

Video Resources
John Burroughs: A Naturalist in an Industrial Age
A film about the life of John Burroughs by Films for the Humanities and Sciences. Click here for more information.

The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced; a Century of Change
PBS produced a wonderful documentary film and web site on the Harriman Expedition <> which also includes information about John Burroughs' participation in the expedition.

Using film to view a documentary of a trip John Burroughs took with railroad tycoon E.H.Harriman who decided to take a little vacation--one of the most ambitious American expeditions ever. Harriman invited 25 scientists, writers and artists--including John Muir, John Burroughs, George Bird Grinnell, L.A.Fuertes, and Edward Curtis--to join him on a 9000 mile exploration of the coast of Alaska. In the summer of 2001, a Smith College expedition, carrying a similar group of scientists, writers and artists, retraced Harriman's route, exploring some of the issues Harriman faced, and some he couldn't even imagine. The film chronicling these two expeditions presents a unique look at a century of change in Alaska. (Bullfrog Films, (610) 779-8226).

Past JBA news and events

Spring 2011 Slabsides Day
Saturday, May 21, 2011

12 Noon - 4:00 PM
Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York. Interpretive tours of the cabin are offered throughout the day.

12 pm Talk on porch: 
Bird Signs; John Burroughs, Native American Traditions, and the Way we Percieve Birds

Evan Pritchard, Director, Center for Algonquin Culture

An exploration into how our own views about birds may be influenced both by writers such as John Burroughs, and by folklore and story, much of which comes from Native Americans.

Hiking trails in the surrounding 196 acre John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary were open to the public until dusk.  Refreshments were available at the nearby Pond House. Volunteers worked on new trail construction after the presentation. Activities included hauling lumber, painting trail blazes, removing stumps and rocks and grading parts of the trail.

View the slide show.

Fall Slabsides Day 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010

12 Noon - 4:00 PM
Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York. Interpretive tours of the cabin are offered throughout the day.

12 pm talk on porch:  The Slabsides Poets
Will Nixon will introduce a group of poets who meet monthly at the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary and have recently published a book, Universe at Your Door: the Slabsides Poets.

Spring Slabsides Day 2011 was Beautiful!

Hiking trails in the surrounding 196 acre John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary are open to the public until dusk.  Refreshments will available at the nearby Pond House.

SUNY Oneonta
"Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," the June 2010 conference included a film and readings that were free and open to the public. Click here for more.

Spring Slab Sides Day 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Slide Show

Our semi-annual open house at John Burroughs’s rustic cabin retreat in West Park, New York was a spectacular success! It was a gorgeous sunny day. Tours of the Cabin started at 11:00 AM and went to 4:00 PM. Over 100 participants enjoyed cabin tours by Patrick McDonough and Ev Rifenberg, a Burroughs Reading by Jeff Walker and a description of our next BIG project, The Slabsides Trail Restoration Project by Eddie Walsh/Chief Trail Designer, Tahawus Trails LLC. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with this project this summer. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us.

Others explored the woods, ponds and wildlife, sometimes on hands and knees!

Sightings included Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Lady Slipper Orchids, Spring Peepers, Milk and Black Rat Snakes, dragonflies of many shapes and sizes and friendly millipeds.

Fall Slabsides Day 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009

Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York.

Guest speaker Jeff Walker, Vassar College,
"Vassar Collection of the Journals ad Letters of John Burroughs".

10th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, 10:00 am
John Burroughs Sanctuary, rain date: Sept 27.

Fifth Annual Smithsonian Magazine
Museum Day.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
Free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museum and cultural venues nationwide including the John Burroughs Sanctuary.

John Burroughs Lecture
By Jody Primoff

“Jody Primoff, John Burroughs, and Woodchuck Lodge”
Catskill Center Erpf Gallery on Main St. Arkville, NY
September 26th 2009, 2:00 PM

Ashokan Civil War Days
May 22-24, 2009
Saturday, May 23rd
1-2:30 p.m.  
A walk with John Burroughs, the “Sage of Slabsides”, portrayed by Jeff Walker (JBA Board Member).   A walk through the woods punctuated by the words of John Burroughs on birds, nature, fishing, and life in the Catskills in the middle of the 19th century.

Spring Slabsides Day
Saturday, May 16, 2009

Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York.

Bird walk led by Lin Fagan, President, John Burroughs Natural History Society.
Meet at Slabsides.  Return by 11:30.
Bring binoculars. Children welcome, no pets please.

12:00 Noon:
Algonquin place names in John Burroughs's life
Evan Pritchard, Director, Center for Algonquin Culture

JBA Board Meeting and Annual Awards Luncheon
Monday, April 6, 2009
10:30 am - 2:00 pm

John Burroughs Birthday Bash!
Saturday, April 4, 2:30 p.m
Cassie’s Café,
53535 Main St., Roxbury, NY

More details and other Woodchuck Lodge activities
(Press Release)

Fall Slabsides Day
October 4, 2008
10:30 am Bird Walk on Sanctuary trails
12 Noon Guest Speaker
1:00 pm Cabin Tour
2:00 pm John Burroughs Video Showing

Semi-annual open house of "Slabsides," John Burroughs's rustic cabin in West Park, New York.

Featured speaker:
David Spector,
Biology Department, Central Connecticut University,
New Britain, Connecticut

What words are used for those who study birds, or, as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid might ask, "Who are those guys?" Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz" might answer, "Ornithologists, birdwatchers and birders, oh my!" In this talk David Spector will use writings of John Burroughs and his contemporaries to explore some of the meanings of "birder," "birdwatcher," and "ornithologist" and how those meanings have changed.

JB nature sanctuary bird count and natural history walks led by Selden Spencer, JBA board member.
- Cabin tours.
Self-guided trail walks and
- Pond House viewing of "John Burroughs: A Naturalist in the Industrial Age" DVD by Dr. Lynn Spangler, SUNY, New Paltz and refreshments.

Restoration Update:
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