10 episodes

This documentary series covers the giants of America's conservation movement from Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson and beyond. Traveling the USA in my 1985 VW Vanagon camper, I visit the places that shaped the views of our great naturalists and interview the historians and biographers that know my subjects best. Utilizing the archives housed at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center, I revisit the days when the idea of creating wilderness areas was new and helps us appreciate what these great visionaries contributed to the American landscape. Moreover, I hope to establish why the contributions these men and women made are still relevant and important today.

Tales from the Cabin Tales from the Cabin

    • History
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

This documentary series covers the giants of America's conservation movement from Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson and beyond. Traveling the USA in my 1985 VW Vanagon camper, I visit the places that shaped the views of our great naturalists and interview the historians and biographers that know my subjects best. Utilizing the archives housed at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center, I revisit the days when the idea of creating wilderness areas was new and helps us appreciate what these great visionaries contributed to the American landscape. Moreover, I hope to establish why the contributions these men and women made are still relevant and important today.

    Limberlost ... and Found

    Limberlost ... and Found

    Drained in the 1910s, a once vast Indiana marsh is reclaiming its space, with the notable help of its core devotees.

    • 15 min
    Grandma Gatewood's Life and Legacy

    Grandma Gatewood's Life and Legacy

    Grandma Gatewood was an Appalachian Trail pioneer. In 1955, at age 67, she set off to escape an abusive relationship and blazed a path that inspires women to this day.



    A new project seeks to create two bronze statues of Grandma Gatewood. one at her gravesite and one adjacent to the Appalachian Trail.

    • 25 min
    How to Section Hike the Appalachian Trail

    How to Section Hike the Appalachian Trail

    Ever think about hiking the Appalachian Trail in pieces? Here's a primer for getting started.

    • 27 min
    Chasing Aldo Leopold

    Chasing Aldo Leopold

    Aldo Leopold introduced the concepts of game management, wilderness areas, watershed management, land restoration, and the land ethic in his remarkable life.

    • 19 min
    Steele's Legacies

    Steele's Legacies

    In 2024, he is practically unknown — a man who considered himself an abject failure toiling in the shadows of America's greatest triumph of its day.

    • 18 min
    No Water

    No Water

    In 1983, I set out with a few friends to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s hard to believe now, but it was a time when fewer than 15 people completed the trail each year. In the ’70s and ’80s, when the trail through southern California wasn’t traversing mountains on well-established tread, it dropped into desert terrain, where dirt roads, known as “Jeep Roads” became the norm.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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Great stories

These stories that Jeff tells speak to the soul of adventure, the compelling nature of outdoor exploration. I loved the story about Oberholtzer and his epic canoe trip. The only problem? It ended too soon! Jeff, please keep the stories coming.

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