Below are some Muir-themed events and how you can find out more about them.
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In the Footsteps of John Muir
Stirling Castle, Sat 2nd Feb to Sun 28th April 2019
Exploring the landscape that inspired John Muir, a leading Scottish American environmental conservationist and known in America as the “Father of the National Parks”, this photography exhibition by Ken Paterson traces Muir’s travels from his childhood in Dunbar to the American National Parks he helped to establish.
Included in admission. Free for members.

New Exhibition – John Muir, Writer
John Muir Birthplace, Dunbar, Mon 1st April – Mon 30th Sept 2019
In 2014 Dunbar-born John Muir, botanist, geologist, explorer, mountaineer and conservationist, became the 38th Scot to be commemorated in Writers’ Court in Edinburgh. His flagstone carries the words: “I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” Muir was convinced that only then would folk protect the environment. Muir sought to persuade people through his writings – letters, journals, articles for newspapers and magazines, and twelve books. The quill pen became his sword in the battle for conservation. This new exhibition curated by Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace, ‘John Muir, Writer’, tells how it came about. Admission free.

Easter Holiday Fun! – Make Your Own Graphic Novel
John Muir Birthplace, Dunbar, Mon 1st Apr to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
To celebrate the John Muir Birthplace Trust’s new exhibition: John Muir, Writer, children and families of all ages are invited to drop in and draw your own graphic novel telling the story of John Muir and Stickeen’s adventures in Alaska! This free activity is available throughout the opening times, and they would love for you to share your work on their facebook and twitter feeds, John Muir’s Birthplace and @JM_Birthplace

Sharing Good Practice – Working with Young People in the Outdoors
Ecclesmachan & Threemiletown Village Hall, near Edinburgh, Tue 23rd April, 9:30 – 14:30
A free half day workshop looking at how organisations can engage more young people in the outdoors. Further details and booking information can be found here.

St Joseph’s Academy in East Ayrshire will be celebrating John Muir Day in style with cake!
Tue 23rd April 2019
Pupils are planning on making bird cake for feathered friends followed by human cake and fireside hot chocolate.
Why not try making Bird Cake for feathered friends near you.
– Lard, Wild bird seed, Raisins pre-soaked overnight, Biodegradable string
1. Melt lard, mix seeds and fruit into the melted lard. Scoop into paper cake cases, pop a piece of string into each cake. 2. Allow to harden, remove paper and hang cake from trees or fences. 3. Enjoy a party with cake all round!

Discover James Watt at Kinneil House
Kinneil House, Bo’ness, Sat 27th April, 12:00 – 16:00
Historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness is opening its doors for free tours on Saturday, April 27. The A-listed mansion – which boasts some of the finest Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland – will be open from noon to 4 p.m. (last admission 3.30 p.m.) Tickets for House tours will be available on the day from Kinneil Museum (in front of the House). The event will also offer additional free, outdoor guided walks to James Watt’s cottage workshop, in the grounds of the imposing mansion. As well as celebrating Watt and Kinneil’s great history – it will also form part of a series of events celebrating John Muir and the John Muir Way, the coast-to-coast trail which runs through Kinneil. For more info click here.

Arthur’s Amble
Holyrood Park, Sat 27th April 2019, 13:00 – 14:30
Come along on a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch to learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past created by fire and ice! Find out more about the people who lived and worked in the Park from 7,000 years ago up until the present day and learn more about the rare wildlife that makes the Park so special.
Free but booking is essential. Please contact 0131 652 8150 or

Tayside OWLS Language, literacy & Resilience in the Forest Workshop
Kinnoull Hill, Sat 27th April 2019, 10:00 – 13:00
This is practical course focusing on literacy outdoors and in particular in a woodland setting.  There will be activities from Early to Second Level and an opportunity to network with colleagues. This event is for (in priority order) Tayside OWL group members, wider OWL Scotland members, and anyone working in an educational capacity. To BOOK contact

Learning in Local Greenspace – sharing good practice
Sat 27th April 2019
As part of John Muir Day Celebrations 2019 Scottish Natural Heritage are delivering a targeted event in Glasgow for schools that are part of the Learning in Local Greenspace project. This hands-on event offers the chance for teachers get outdoors, explore new activities, hear about how technology can enhance greenspace learning, and find information on how to raise money to fund your projects. Click here to discover the learning potential in your local greenspace

Wildlife Photography for Beginners
Holyrood Park, Sun 28th April 2019, 15:00 – 19:00
Photography is a great way to explore the natural world. Bring your camera to Holyrood Park and the Bawsinch nature reserve and learn how to get the best shot from a local wildlife photographer.
£25 for adults, £20 for concessions.
Suitable for ages 16+ only.
Booking essential, please book online.
For more information call 0131 652 8150 or email

John Muir Day Celebrations 2019

Download the John Muir Day Celebrations 2019 brief and logos here.

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Get involved in 2019 Year of Green Action:

Celebrate 2019’s Year of Green Action with 12 months packed full of events, activities and ideas which will connect people with nature. Get involved: Click here for the online toolkit.