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A John Muir tour in Wisconsin

Celebrate Earth Day where famous naturalists lived and worked.

A blue crane at the Crane Foundation.

© Beth Gauper

Celebrate John Muir's April 21 birthday with a trip to the sand plains of central Wisconsin, where Muir and Aldo Leopold began to shape the conservationist ethic that made them famous.

What to do: Near Baraboo, visit the International Crane Foundation (pictured, a blue crane). Tour Aldo Leopold's famous shack, the only chicken coop on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Leopold Center.

North of Portage, visit John Muir's boyhood home, now John Muir Memorial Park.

South of Baraboo, hike in Devil's Lake State Park and the state's first natural area, Parfrey's Glen.

Events to catch: May 19, Spring Open House at the Leopold Center and Shack.

Details: For more, see Road trip: Wisconsin's Muir Tour.

Last updated on April 23, 2018