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Go Wild During National Wilderness Month!


September is National Wilderness Month, a celebration of the anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Passed on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act was created in order to “establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people.” When passed, the Act designated 54 areas made up of 9.1 million acres in 13 states as protected wilderness. Today that has grown to over 111 million acres (that’s slightly larger than the state of California!) in 806 areas in 44 states and Puerto Rico. This month — and all year! — take advantage of the benefits and beauty of the great outdoors by exploring wilderness areas near you. Read on to learn more about our greatest national treasure, the American Wilderness!

The Wilderness Act defines wilderness as, “…an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor.” These areas offer several benefits to visitors and are critical to the protection of local species and the greater environment. Browse our collection for titles about the wilderness, its importance, and useful skills for its exploration.

Memoirs and Awareness: these titles share first-hand experiences and advocacy for our wilderness lands.

Guides and Pictorial Works: these titles offer guidance on where to go and what to do.

And finally, some titles that teach skills:

To gear up for your next family adventure, try checking out one of our children's birding or nature backpacks, equipped with exploration guides, activities, and more. Additionally, get into the adventurous spirit by diving into our 2024 All Henrico Reads title, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a memoir about one woman's journey to self-discovery along the Pacific Crest Trail.

“To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.”  John Muir

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