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Three Rivers in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Naturalists

 
 
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Photographed By Michael Herrick, May 3, 2017
1. The Naturalists Marker
Inscription.  
Shaping a Park
The Naturalists
Moro Rock is one of the places in Sequoia National Park where, in 1922, naturalists began “translating” the landscape for early park visitors. Naturalists offered walks, talks, and campfire programs which combined information with inspiration, and visitors loved it.

For many people, parks are beautiful but mysterious. What shaped the land? Why does something grow here but not there? The tradition of naturalists helping visitors to combine fascination with knowledge continues today, kindling a commitment to parks in untold numbers of people.

The expansion of museum, nature walks and campfire lectures is the surest protection against degeneracy into jazzy amusements.
Colonel J.R. White, Park Superintendent, 1926

Sequoia First Naturalist As a young man, Walter Fry came to the Sierra Nevada to log. After counting more than 3,000 rings on a cut sequoia, he turned instead to protecting the trees. Fry eventually became the first civilian superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Later, in 1920, Stephen
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Mather (first director of the National Park Service) concluded that every park needed naturalists. Two years later the Sequoia Nature Guide Service was born when Superintendent John White called on his predecessor, Walter Fry, to volunteer. Working part-time, Fry thus became Sequoia National Park’s first naturalist.


 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
 
Location. 36° 32.81′ N, 118° 45.947′ W. Marker is in Three Rivers, California, in Tulare County. Marker can be reached from Crescent Meadow Road, 1.6 miles south of Generals Hwy, on the left when traveling south. Located in Sequoia National Park near Moro Rock. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Three Rivers CA 93271, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buttress Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); Call the Cavalry! (approx. 0.3 miles away); The CCC Boys (approx. half a mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. half a mile away); Auto Log (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel Young: A Buffalo Soldier (approx. 0.6 miles away); Middle Fork Canyon (approx. 0.7 miles away); For the Good of the Giants (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Rivers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sequoia National Park. (Submitted on May 14, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
The Naturalists Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, May 3, 2017
2. The Naturalists Marker

2. Moro Rock on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 14, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
View from Moro Rock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, May 3, 2017
3. View from Moro Rock
View from Moro Rock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, May 3, 2017
4. View from Moro Rock
The road into Sequoia National Park can be seen snaking along the ridges.
Moro Rock from the road into Sequoia National Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, May 3, 2017
5. Moro Rock from the road into Sequoia National Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 14, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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