It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals — not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening.
Holland Society Member, US President, and avid naturalist Theodore Roosevelt was passionate about conservation and nature. His presidential legacy includes creating the first national parks and the precursor to the National Park Service. He also played an important role in the creation of the American Museum of Natural History. Roosevelt has many natural and historical sites named after him. Paying a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, New York, is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day and our “conservationist” president!
Visit the official Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center website for more details about visiting.