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John Muir Lesson Plans

Learning about John Muir's life can serve as a launching pad to environmental studies from a variety of perspectives. Botany, geology, history, geography, language arts, visual arts, and more can be inspired by John Muir, as we discover that, as John Muir said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."

NEW! Through the Eyes of John Muir:: A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Looking at our World by Janice Kelley
This curriculum, aligned to both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, can be applied in and outside the classroom for students to learn how to see through the eyes of John Muir - as environmental stewards, scientists, historians and advocates. Each lesson is presented within the context of John Muir's own actions. These Standards apply to grades 3 and 4. Most activities are applicable to or can be modified to meet the needs of older students.

NEW! Journal Writing with John Muir - ideas and resources for learning to keep a nature journal as John Muir did.

More John Muir Lesson Plans

The links below lead to standards-based lesson plans aligned to the California Academic Content Standards for each grade level. Please see our Alphebetical California Academic Content Standards Index for specific standards addressed in these lesson plans.


  • English - Language Arts
  • History-Social Studies - John Muir Day Study Guide (K-12) (People Who Make A Difference, A Changing State, Growth and Conflict, and Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century)
  • Science (K-12) (Earth Science, Life Science, and Investigation and Experimentation)

These Lesson Plans were prepared by the Sierra Club John Muir Education Committee.

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