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The John Burroughs Association was formed in 1921 shortly after the naturalist-writer died.


Among the Association's aims are:


The Association publicly recognizes well written and illustrated natural history publications.

Each year a medal is awarded to the author of a distinguished book of natural history, a list of exceptional natural history books for young readers is selected, and an outstanding nature essay is identified. Presentations of these literary awards are made during the annual meeting of the Association on the first Monday of April.

Available, for the cost of postage, are a list of the Burroughs Medal winners, a list of 105 Nature Books for Young Readers, and a list of essay award winners. Send a self-addressed number ten envelope to the Secretary (see address under membership information below). Apply first class postage for two ounces for one list or postage for four ounces for two or more lists.

Still available is the 115 page clothbound Indexes to the Collected Works of John Burroughs by William D. Perkins. The price, postage included, is: $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and $35 for institutions.


The Association owns and maintains Slabsides and the adjoining John Burroughs Sanctuary near West Park, New York.

Open house at Slabsides is held twice a year, the third Saturday in May and the first Saturday in October.

A permanent exhibit devoted to John Burroughs may be seen at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.


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