Celebrate John Muir Day 2018
Scottish/American naturalist, writer, climber, inventor, conservationist and campaigner John Muir would have been 180 years old on Saturday 21 April 2018.
Read on for 10 ways to celebrate John Muir Day and have a look at all the events happening across Scotland. Let us know if you have something to add. Share what you get up to using: #JohnMuirDay and #JohnMuirAward
1. Browse the John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe graphic novel
Muir’s words in a carefully crafted, beautifully illustrated, narrative. It shares his life story, and invites discussion, reflection and action. Download John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe graphic novel for free.
2. Complete a mission from Mission:Explore John Muir
20 ‘missions’ that reflect the adventures and ethos of Muir - available in both Gaelic and Welsh. Pick out your favourites to celebrate John Muir Day, and share your experience #JohnMuirDay. Free download of Mission:Explore John Muir.
3. Experience a National Park
John Muir was instrumental in establishing the world’s first National Parks system in America in the early 1900s (the first Park came earlier). A global family of 6,555 protected National Park areas now covers 12% of the Earth’s surface. Enjoy Muir’s legacy in the UK today by visiting a National Park near you.
4. Answer #TheBrawOutdoorQuestion
Year of Young People aims to inspire Scotland through celebrating young people's achievements and valuing their contribution. If you are aged 8-26, or work with this age range, please complete a micro-survey developed by young people to voice feelings about the outdoors/nature and share #TheBrawOutdoorQuestion across Scotland.
5. Visit John Muir's Birthplace, Dunbar
Discover how the boy born in this house in Dunbar, East Lothian, became one of the driving forces behind the global conservation movement. Visit between April 20-22 and celebrate John's 180th Birthday by making your very own John Muir Beard! .
6. Spend time on the John Muir Way
Walk or cycle on 1 of 10 sections of the 134 miles from Helensburgh to Dunbar, the UK’s newest long distance route. Visit John Muir Way for maps and information.
7. See what young people think of Muir
See what young people think of Muir, and how teenager Zeki re-traced Muir's steps in Yosemite National Park.
8. Enter our prize draw to win a softshell jacket
By entering this prize draw you could win a softshell jacket from Mountain Equipment. We'll contact one lucky winner after the closing date of April 22 2018 to arrange delivery. Enter now
9. Visit our Wild Space visitor centre
Located in the centre of Pitlochry in the heart of Highland Perthshire, our visitor centre has interpretive exhibitions, engaging audio journeys and beautiful artworks celebrating wild places
10. Put your knowledge to the test in our John Muir quiz
John Muir's passion for wild places and his life-long quest to protect them has inspired our work at the John Muir Trust and that of many other environmental organisations. Take our Take ourJohn Muir quiz to find out how much you know about the Scots born father of modern conservation.