The Father of Our National Parks  LbNA # 25899

OwnerWisconsin Hiker      
Placed DateSep 24 2006
LocationEndeavor, WI
Found By The Gamer Ruettens
Last Found Aug 31 2013
Hike Distance1 mi
Last EditedMay 14 2016

Last checked/found: 24-SEP-06

Time: ~30 minutes roundtrip
Terrain: fairly level meadow trail

Make your way to the county park named after the “Foster son of Wisconsin, born in Scotland April 21, 1838”. This man was also the founder of the Sierra Club. A plaque in the park provides some additional information about him:

“He came to America as a lad of eleven, spent his 'teen years in hard work clearing the farm across this lake, carving out a home in the wilderness. In the "sunny woods, overlooking a flowery glacial meadow and a lake rimmed with water lilies," he found an environment that fanned the fire of his zeal and love for all nature, which, as a man, drove him to study, afoot, alone and unafraid, the forests, mountains and glaciers of the west to become the most rugged, fervent naturalist America has produced, and the father of the national parks of our country. “

Park in the first lot, read the plaques and then find the trailhead on the north side of the parking lot. Walk along the trail until you reach a bench in honor of a woman with the initials MEJ. From the bench, take a bearing of 60 degrees, then walk 76 steps in that direction. The Father of Our National Parks is nestled in the lap of the multi-trunked tree.

Enjoy the views of the lake and give thanks for all of those who came before us that were instrumental in preserving some wilderness areas for our enjoyment. Simply retrace your steps to return to the parking lot.

We hope you enjoyed this quiet area and since we don’t live nearby, we would really appreciate an update on the status of the box if you find it. We won’t be able to check on it very often – Thanks!