More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt went on a really big camping trip that forever changed America.
In 1903 he visited Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon and slept under the stars in Yosemite with John Muir, who pressed him to preserve the land of big granite walls as a national park. By the time he left office, Roosevelt had created five national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 federal bird sanctuaries and added millions of acres to the national forests.
His actions earned him the title "conservation president," and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City plans a yearlong celebration of Roosevelt's green legacy. For starters, the building's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, dedicated in 1936, and its rotunda have been restored and will reopen Oct. 27, the former president's 154th birthday.
The memorial adds a new statue and a bronze plaque with a scene of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and a timeless snippet from one of his speeches: "There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country."