Future President Theodore Roosevelt
SPORTSMAN’S CLUBS: Sportsman’s Clubs form to crusade against game-law violations and market hunting. Learn more.
WILDERNESS IDEAL: Henry David Thoreau delivers an address in Concord, Massachusetts declaring that “in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” Learn more.
FIRST CONSERVATION LAWS: California passes the first laws against the killing of pronghorns and elk. Learn more.
MAN AND NATURE: Man and Nature, by George Perkins Marsh, was published. Historian Lewis Mumford called it “the fountain-head of the conservation movement.” Learn more.
YOSEMITE VALLEY RESERVED: Yosemite Valley, California, is reserved from public land as a state park to preserve the area and the wildlife inhabiting it. Learn more.
ALASKA PURCHASE: The U.S. purchases Alaska from Russia. Learn more.
POWELL SURVEYS: John Wesley Powell surveys the Rocky Mountains and Grand Canyon for Smithsonian. Learn more.
PASSENGER PIGEONS PROTECTED: The first law protecting passenger pigeons passes in Ohio. Learn more.
FIRST WILDLIFE RESERVE: Pribilof Islands is set aside by law as the first wildlife reserve, specifically for the protection of fur seals. (protected by Russians since 1834) Learn more.