John Muir (1838-1914)

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir

John Muir was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer of distinction. He developed a passion for wild places growing up in the coastal town of Dunbar, east of Edinburgh. At age 10, he emigrated to the United States with his family.

Muir embraced all nature from mosquitoes to mountain ranges, recognising that everything is connected. His passion for wild places led to a life-long quest to protect them. Muir’s writings helped people understand the importance of wildness. His activism saved Yosemite Valley in California and helped create the world’s first national park system.

Use this website for:

  • information sources
  • activities that help connect with Muir’s messages, stories and adventures
  • Muir-related events
  • examples on how people engage with Muir’s ethos in their studies, work and leisure time as well as through the John Muir Award

Website hosted by the John Muir Trust and funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and Year of Natural Scotland.