Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Five Old Men of Yellowstone : The Rise of Interpretation in the First National Park, Paperback / softback Book

Five Old Men of Yellowstone : The Rise of Interpretation in the First National Park Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


Yellowstone has undergone a number of transitions in the 140 years since its national park designation in 1872.

The period from the late 1930s to the early 1970s marked one of the most significant as the Park Service shifted focus from mere public recreation to interpretation and education.

The vast wilderness and numerous awe-inspiring natural spectacles of the park became less objects of passive enjoyment and more subjects to be engaged, interpreted, and understood by visitors.

The park was transformed from a playground into a classroom where active learning processes could take place.

Charged with instituting these interpretive interactions were five remarkable ranger naturalists who served as both protectors and educators.

Stephen Biddulph tells the story of the five men, his own father amongst them, tasked with inspiring a generation of visitors to the park.

Biddulph's masterfully woven narrative-part biography, part historical narrative-offers both fascinating historical detail about Yellowstone and charming colloquial story telling.

The interpretive initiatives of the rangers-nature walks, campfire programs, game stalks, and auto caravans-are enlivened by the colorful personalities of the five men who conducted them.

A narrative shared with humor and sentiment makes for an accessible book that will be enjoyed by park history buffs and curious visitors alike.

Historians will find the work provides a missing link in the park's extensive literature.


Other Formats


Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Stephen Biddulph