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John Muir in Yosemite, circa 1902. Credit: John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library, (c) 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

“When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I've been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures." In honor of John Muir's birthday, we're sharing some musings about (and from) the "father" of our national parks.

A historical image of a bear cub in Yosemite Valley. Photo: Courtesy of NPS (Yosemite Research Library 018112)

Five Student Conservation Association interns share insights from Yosemite's extensive historical collections, where they're working with experts to digitize and share thousands of decades-old photographs. 

A young visitor works on an activity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Ryan Kelly

Mesmerizing water, a lush fen, trilling songbirds ... it's hard to visit Happy Isles and not feel, well, happy. As the Conservancy's art programs coordinator, Kristin Anderson spends much of her time at that idyllic eastern Yosemite Valley destination, helping people tap into their creativity at the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. 

The Yosemite archeology crew (including two interns from American Indian tribes) take a break from their dig to show off smiles in the Yosemite backcountry. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Human stories are woven deep into Yosemite's tapestry of natural wonders. From the Valley to the high country, artifacts from thousands of years ago hold clues to the lives lived among the lakes, meadows and forests. In 2017, two archeology interns helped sift back through layers of time to learn about and protect that past.