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John Muir - Father of National Parks

Did you know that the visionary 19th century naturalist was actually a Scot and that it was in Scotland he first fell in love with nature? As a small boy, John Muir loved to wander along the seashore around his home town of Dunbar in East Lothian, wondering at the shells and seaweeds in the pools among the rocks, and watching the waves crashing on the craggy ruins of the old Dunbar Castle.

It was his passion for conservation that helped lead to the establishment of Scotland's two National Parks external site and 47 National Nature Reserves. external site If you'd like to find out more about his life in Scotland, visit the John Muir Birthplace external site   visitor centre in the seaside town of Dunbar and discover the work and achievements of this remarkable Scot. You could take a stroll in the beautiful John Muir Country Park external site or walk the path that bears his name.

Find out about an amazing transatlantic project external site that will digitally document in 3D the Scottish and American homes of Scottish conservationist John Muir.

If you work with young people why not use the new John Muir Graphic Book external site   in your activities? 

The Scottish Book Trust have developed a graphic novel with supporting online activities: John Muir: Earth - Planet, Universe. The graphic novel, written by the award-winning children's author Julie Bertagna and illustrated by Glasgow-based artist William Goldsmith, aims to increase S1 to S3 pupils' awareness of the value of the natural environment, and encourages them to become actively involved in protecting and enhancing wild places in line with the ethos of John Muir.

Or use the Education Scotland teaching resource about Muir external site   to inspire young people about his work.