This is the intriguing story of one of the worldâ€™s first conservationists, who served as the inspiration behind the Boy Scouts of America and dedicated his life to preserving nature and promoting outdoor youth education. Celebrated in text and visuals, Ernest Thompson Seton features more than 100 of Setonâ€™s paintings and illustrations and will serve as the catalog for an exhibition (which opened May 23, 2010) on Seton at the New Mexico History Museum, which sees more than 100,000 visitors annually. David L. Witt is curator and director of the Seton Legacy Project for the Academy of the Love of Learning, an educational organization in Santa Fe. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in Taos, New Mexico. â€śSeton was a national figure who had a huge effect on the way people thought about the natural world in North America.â€ť â€”David Attenborough.