The John Burroughs Association was founded in 1921 to commemorate the life and works of author/naturalist John Burroughs
(1837-1921). Administered out of offices at the American Museum of Natural History
, the Association owns the John Burroughs Sanctuary at West Park, in the town of Esopus, New York
. The Sanctuary is the site of John Burroughs's cabin, Slabsides
, a National Historic Landmark
built 1895. In addition to maintaining the Sanctuary, the John Burroughs Association publishes a newsletter, The Wake Robin
. It also, on an annual basis, presents the John Burroughs Medal
for distinguished nature writing at book-length, and another award for essay-length nature writing.