Ernest Thompson Seton was...

  • An author of more than 40 books and countless articles in major magazines
  • A popular lecturer who could hold audiences spell-bound with his stories, accompanied by lantern slides, and his unique ability to replicate bird and animal sounds with hus own voice.
  • An artist with astounding skill in depicting wildlife, particularly birds and mammals
  • A naturalist who studied animals extensively, producing the classic work, Lives of Game Animals, essentially an eight-volume illustrated encyclopedia covering North American mammals
  • A well-known advocate of Native American rights
  • The founder of the Woodcraft League, also known as Woodcraft Indians and Seton Indians
  • A cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America and a key figure in the history of Scouting world-wide
  • A fascinating and enigmatic character with a wide range of interests and talents

Seton's philosophy of respect for both nature and humanity  made him a  pioneer of the environmental movement, inspiring generations of leaders.

Membership in the Ernest Thompson Seton Institute is now open to everyone interested in the environment, youth education, respecting others’ cultures, and preserving our natural resources. As a member, you will join a diverse network of people who share these concerns, values promoted by Ernest Thompson Seton.

You are invited to become an inaugural member of the Ernest Thompson Seton Institute!


SETON Trivia Challenge

Trivia questions are posted weekly on our Facebook page. Answers aree posted here.

Since 1876, Seton suffered from a hernia injury. In 1883, he learned that there was a physician in Chicago performing hernia operations.  He signed a release form stating that he understood the procedure was experimental and that there was great risk of him dying. Additionally, he agreed to allow medical students observe the procedure in … Read more

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Answer: Yes, oxen do walk faster than horses! ETS and his traveling companions thought they were getting a great deal on the prairies in Manitoba by trading their horses for oxen. Read Chapter XXI “The Land of My Dreams” in Trail of an Artist-Naturalist to learn more about their trip.  

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Seton said, “In our search for the ideal outdoor life, we cannot do better than indigenous peoples with their reverence and carefully cultured physique, as a model for the making of adults, and as a pattern for our youth who would achieve adulthood with the added graces of courtesy, honor, and truth.”   –from “Spartans … Read more

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