John Muir led an interesting and eventful life, full of notable achievements. Most famously, he was an explorer of wild places who caught the attention of influential people, and produced a considerable body of written work that continues to inspire. In this section, you will find resources about his life, achievements and the ways in which Muir’s legacy can still be seen today.
An overview of John Muir’s biography, quotes and bibliography, as well as links to useful websites.
Part of a suite of John Muir Award Resource Guides.
A graphic novel based upon the life of John Muir and produced by the Scottish Book Trust. Teaching support notes and pupil activities accompany the book to show Muir’s story in a new way, and to help develop an increased awareness of the natural environment and the importance of protecting it.
An extensive website containing a wide variety of Muir-related resources and tributes.
Discover how the boy born in this house in Dunbar, East Lothian, became one of the driving forces behind the global conservation movement. This absorbing hands on interpretation centre will take you on the journey of John Muir’s life as a pioneering conservationist, explorer, writer, geologist and inventor.
Friendly, well informed staff are on hand to help and answer questions. For more information click here.
Muir’s gravesite is now open to the public. This podcast (22 mins) considers a side of “the father of America’s National Parks” that’s not widely known — his life in Contra Costa County, including stories of Muir’s local adventures, his family and why he was often spotted carrying “pillowcases full of money.”
For more info on visiting Muir’s grave, click here.
A 5-minute film featuring young people offering views on John Muir and his relevance today.
Read the story of how a giant tree’s death sparked the conservation movement 160 years ago.
The Spring 2013 edition of the John Muir Award Newsletter celebrates all things Muir, and “…encourages people to explore what Muir, and others like him, both historic and contemporary, stand for in today’s society”.
An article that explores the importance of John Muir’s legacy 100 years after his death, at a time of conflicting perspectives on the future direction of the conservation movement.
A short stop motion film exploring the writings and adventures of naturalist, author, and father of the National Parks, John Muir.
This interactive webpage illustrates John Muir’s story and the significance of his work in environmental conservation and advocacy, and provides virtual access to two homes (Dunbar and Martinez) which greatly inspired Muir’s work.
A unique autobiography told in the words of John Muir and brimming with his spirit and adventures. With text selected and retold by Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children, the book offers an ideal introduction.
John Muir Who? Three reasons why Muir is relevant and interesting to my generation
Read a blog that explores why John Muir is still so relevant today, with a special focus on the younger generation and get a personal perspective on why the great work of Muir is truly timeless.
This document offers guidance on how to access images of John Muir.
Read a special pull out on the life of John Muir from the 21 April 2013 edition of Scotland on Sunday.
An article in the Glasgow Herald by the John Muir Trust. Published on 21st April 2015 – John Muir’s Birthday and John Muir Day – it explores Muir’s continued and strengthening legacy in his native land.
Bruce Hamilton, Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director, gave a talk for Earth Day 2014 at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.
‘To be a modern day John Muir you need to be joyful, full of wonder, enthusiastic, humble, willing to take risks, and able to tell a good story. Is that too much to ask of any of us?’
Via short clips from the BBC 1 series, presenter Neil Oliver traces Muir’s journey from Dunbar to California, looks at his impact on the world, and attempts to climb in Muir’s footsteps.
The full 58 minute documentary can be viewed here.
A two-part 30 minute biography of Muir’s life in America, available for viewing on YouTube (part two here).
Browse a selection of video clips from the documentary, scenes that had to be cut, and untold stories of John Muir and The National Parks.
A detailed rendering of young John Muir’s thousand-mile walk to the Gulf, particularly examining the development of Muir’s environmental thought after recovering from partial blindness due to a factory accident.