Below are some Muir-themed events and how you can find out more about them. To add your event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
John Muir Day Celebrations 2017
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Free bike hire, Dunbar
Belhaven Bikes are offering free bike hire on Saturday 22 April in celebration of John Muir Day. Booking can be made by calling the shop 01368 860300 or emailing email@example.com
‘Knitting the Rainbow Garden’ – gardening and art project launch, Dunbar, 22 April
As part of the John Muir Day celebrations, North Light Arts (supported by Grow Wild) will be launching an exciting community project to promote the value of wild flowers. There will be craft demonstrations on 22 April and various planting and craft workshops throughout the summer. For details, see https://northlightarts.org.uk/
2 for 1 ‘John Muir Way Big Breakfast’ at Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton
Archerfield Walled Garden in East Lothian is offering 2 for 1 on its John Muir Way Big Breakfast on the morning of Friday 21 April, until 11:30.
Events at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness
Saturday 22 April: Guide 12-mile walk on the John Muir Way from Kinneil to Blackness Castle and back.
Sunday 23 April: Kinneil House open day with costumed interpreter (free of charge).
At both events there will be a chance to win John Muir Way guidebooks.
For further details, please click here.
John Muir Way Rucksack Reader Giveaway
Over 100 John Muir Way Rucksack Reader guidebooks are being given away by 20 different John Muir Way partner organisations on social media during the course of the John Muir Day celebrations.
Follow #JohnMuirWay on Facebook and Twitter to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning!
Events with John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar
Easter Holiday and weekend drop-in activities, Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April (and thereafter Fri lunchtime to Sun afternoon)
Fun & Crafty Weekend Drop-in. Join us for fun drop-in crafts and activities! Suggested donation £1.
125 years of the Sierra Club exhibition, Friday 21 April – Friday 30 June
John Muir helped found the Sierra Club in 1892. Today it’s America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Muir’s legacy is still very much alive today with a rapidly growing following.
John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ. www.jmbt.org.uk
Earth Day, Saturday 22 April 12 – 2pm
Staff from John Muir’s Birthplace will be joining The Friends of Cuthill Park, Prestonpans for Earth Day. We will celebrate the creation of the Woodland Learning Zone with some fresh air fun! If you would like to help with the activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast, in conjunction with North Light Arts, Saturday 1 April – Monday 1 May
East Lothian Council’s Art Service has commissioned Donald Urquhart and Alex Hackett to create an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works called Coast, to celebrate the unveiling of Sea Cubes, a new public artwork, at Dunbar Harbour.
Exhibition open Mon – Sun 1pm – 5pm. Artist’s Talk: Friday 21 April 6pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, 01620 822699
Examples of what John Muir Award Providers are doing for John Muir Day celebrations:
Phoenix Forest: John Muir Day will see Phoenix Futures ‘Recovery Through Nature’ participants plant a tree at Trust property Glenlude for every person in Scotland that has successfully completed the programme in the preceding year. Phoenix Futures uses the John Muir Award to help connect people with nature to aid their recovery from drug and/or alcohol problems.
Birthday Party: Two P7 pupils from St Joseph’s RC Primary, Selkirk, have accepted the challenge of organising and running a whole school John Muir birthday party celebration. They’ve already started photographing everyone in the school using a ‘beard app’ to make up a collage. Parents have been invited to the event that will also involve Muir-related talks, fancy dress and quiz.
Partnership launch: East Ayrshire Council has identified John Muir Day as the perfect opportunity to launch a partnership with the John Muir Trust. A new John Muir Award & Attainment Project Officer will assist (primarily) schools to close the poverty-related attainment gap, through participation and achievement of the Trust’s engagement initiative. More here.
Festival of Museums
John Muir & Geology – Deep Time and Scotland’s Time Lords
Saturday 20 May, Dunbar
Beach exploration and geology walks. Dynamic Earth hands on demonstrations and crafts – Deep Time and Scotland’s Time Lords, Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, 10am – 4pm. Donations welcome.
Angus Miller, Geowalks – Families beach exploration: pebbles and cliffs
11am – 12.30pm from John Muir’s Birthplace. £5 per family
We’ll explore the rocks on the shore and look at the cliffs, to work out all the different things that have happened in the past – and what’s going to happen next!
Angus Miller, Geowalks – Geology walk, harbour to Belhaven
1.30pm – 4pm from John Muir’s Birthplace. £5 per person (suitable for 12+ years).
A 4km walk along the Dunbar coastal path to explore the different kinds of rock and evidence of past activity. We’ll find the remains of several volcanoes and lava flows that are about 340 million years old. We will also dig deeper into Dunbar’s geological history, finding some older sedimentary rocks, sandstone layers with intriguing features that tell us about the time when this area baked in a desert climate south of the equator.
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Get involved in Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology:
A year-long programme celebrates Scotland’s people, distinct traditions and historic landscapes. Find events, attractions and activities at www.visitscotland.com/HHA2017.
Get involved – see the online toolkit at www.visitscotland.org.
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