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2001 Update

John Muir Day Study Guide

Updated Information

Fourth Grade

John Muir's California

Page 10

Correct first sentence of item 1, Yosemite National Park to read:
"Muir lived in Yosemite Valley when he first came to California in 1868, for the better part of ten years."


Page 30

New Addresses:

Sierra Club
85 Second St., Second Floor
San Francisco, California 94105
John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir Exhibit


Audiotapes & CD's

John Muir Tribute CD

Me and Stickeen Music by Bill Oliver, on Friend of the River album. Bill Oliver, 801 W. Gibson, Austin, TX 78704, 512-447-2240 (Texas) or 415-331-7032 (California)

General Bibliography

Miller, Sally R. Editor. John Muir in Historical Perspective (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 1999).

Wilkins, Thurman. John Muir: Apostle of Nature (Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1995)

Student Bibliography

(Boldface indicates currently in print.)

Anderson, Peter, John Muir: Wilderness Prophet (New York: Franklin Watts, A Division of Grolier Publishing 1995). A First Book. Color and black and white photographs, Bibliography, Index. 62pp.
A nice biography for primary grade readers, with colorful illustrations (even black and white phots have color borders). The design qualities of this book are a definite plus.

Cornell, Joseph, John Muir: My Life with Nature (Nevada City: Dawn Publications, 2000) Illustrations by Elizabeth Ann Kelley and Christopher Canyon. Paper, $8.95, ISBN 1-58469-009- 7, Ages 10-16, 72 pp, 34 photo/illustrations, includes "Further Reading" and credits, 6" x9".
A unique "autobiography" of John Muir for children and adults, delivers John Muir to us through the "Sharing nature" outdoor education philosophy. Author Joseph Cornell of Sharing Nature with Children fame explains, "To stay true to the spirit of Muir as clearly and fully as possible, I have told his story as if he were alive, using his own words and colorful expressions as often as possible. I have, however, simplified and condensed his words to make them more accessible to young readers." Cornell includes about ten journalwriting activities that assist in appreciating Nature through the inspiration of John Muir.

Ito, Tom, The Importance of John Muir (San Diego, CA, Lucent Books, 1996). Part of "The Importance Of..." biography series. 109 pp.
Billed as Quality Nonfiction for Libraries and Classrooms, this book differs from many children's biographies in that the quotations are all from original sources, and there is no fictionalized dialogue. Each chapter is sub-divided into sub-sections, with frequent excerpts directly from Muir's writing set off by attractive borders. Amply illustrated with photos and maps. Includes footnotes, bibliography, and index.



Haines, Alaska, John Muir Association


John Muir Memorial Association

John Muir Tribute CD

The View from John Muir's Window (Newsletter)

John Muir National Historic Site (National Park Service)

John Muir Center for Environmental Studies, University of the Pacific

John Muir Newsletter

The John Muir Collections at University of the Pacific

Sierra Club John Muir Education Project


Canadian Friends of John Muir


Friends of John Muir's Birthplace - A new interpretive center has been developed by the John Muir Birthplace Trust. (offsite links)

John Muir Trust
(Conservation organization in Scotland)

John Muir Birthplace Trust

Environmental Organizations Inspired by John Muir

Restore Hetch Hetchy
A new organization devoted to reclaiming the beautiful valley in Yosemite National Park that was John Muir's one great loss.

Sierra Club
(Conservation organization serving U.S. and Canada with an International dimension; John Muir was its first President.)

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