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George Washington Carver on Nature

It's the last week of Black History Month, so in this issue of The Diversity Drop, we thought we'd share some information on George Washington Carver's arguably undervalued contributions to natural resources education and knowledge.

Did you know?
  • George Washington Carver's 1895 Iowa State yearbook photo included the caption "Gifted with an intense love of nature."
  • He was a champion of using nature and natural resources to improve livelihoods. In his 1907 article on the food uses of wild plum he introduced the article by saying, "Nature endows or blesses each state or section with an indigenous flora and fauna best suited to that particular soil and climatic conditions."
  • He was a leader in his day on the value of "nature study" encouraging teachers and parents to "... [realize] that a very large part of the child’s education must be gotten outside of the four walls designated as class room" in this 1910 article and other writings.
Read more on George Washington Carver's view on conservation and agriculture in Adam Janke's recent article or in historian Mark Hersey's wonderful environmental biography.
Photo of George Washington Carver, Louis Pammel, and two others on Tuskegee University's campus
George Washington Carver (right) with his Iowa State University professor, mentor, and graduate advisor Louis Pammel (second from right) on a visit to Tuskegee, Alabama.
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