Conservation Heroes

Some of our Greatest Conservationists

The conservation movement began in the United States with concerned sportsmen who realized that wanton waste of wildlife and their habitat had led to the decimation of many game species and even the extinction of some. The movement’s earliest champions included Theodore Roosevelt, who founded the Boone and Crockett Club, a hunting conservation organization, in 1887, and John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club five years later.

While there are many others who have gone on to shape the history of conservation in the United States, the five individuals highlighted above have made indelible marks on how we view the conservation of the land and its resources today. Click on each photo or name to visit a page dedicated to each conservationist, with text, video, photographs, and links to explore their lives and their work.

Conservation Heroes Hall Of Fame

Abbey EdwardEdward Abbey

Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams

Tom AktesonTom Atkeson

Annie AlexanderAnnie Alexander

HollisterGloria Hollister Anable

Charlie AtkinsCharlie Atkins

John AudubonJohn Audubon

Baggley Herma Albertson Baggley

BaileyFlorence Merriam Bailey

Mollie BeattieMollie H. Beattie

BerrymanJack Holmes Berryman

Braun Emma Lucy Braun

Louella CableLouella Cable

Archie CarrArchie Carr

CastilloAurora Castillo

Eugenia ClarkEugenia Clark

ComstockAnna Botsford Comstock

CookFannye A. Cook

CousteauJacques Cousteau

DarwinCharles Robert Darwin

DingellJohn Dingell

Caroline DormonCaroline Dormon

DouglasMarjory Stonemason Douglas

EdgeRosalie Edge

FenskeHelen Fenske

William Lovell Finley

FosseyDian Fossey

Frank Billy Frank, Jr

Jean George

GilbertRobert Alexander Gilbert

GrinnellGeorge Bird Grinell

GrosvenorGilbert Hovey Grosvenor

HallDavid Louis Hall

Hammerstrom Frances Hamerstrom

HammerstromFrederick “Hammy” Hamerstrom

HamiltonSamuel D. Hamilton

HawkinsArt Hawkins

HemenwayHarriet Lawrence Hemenway

HornadayWilliam Temple Hornaday

Hunter Celia Hunter

John Katie John

Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson

King Rodney Jacob King

LaBastille Anne LaBastille

Lee Forrest B. Lee (aka. Father Goose)

LesnickCalvin J. Lesnick

Leopold Luna Bergere Leopold

Losey Elizabeth Beard Losey

MaathaiWangari Maathai

MatherStephen Mather

MendesChico Mendes

MerianMaria Sibylla Merian

MuirJohn Muir

Nakano Shigeru Nakano

Nelson Gaylord Nelson

NiceMargaret Morse Nice

OlsonSigurd F. Olson

ParkerTheodore A. Parker III

RabinowitzDr. Alan Rabinowitz

StickelLucille Farrier Stickel

UdallStewart Lee Udall

WerikheMichael Werikhe

WoodVirginia “Ginny” Hill Wood

YoungCharles Young