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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."

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.

Stay tuned for more lesson plans on Art, English-Language Arts, Music, and other subjects. Do you have more lesson plan ideas? If you are a teacher, join an online discussion for John Muir Lesson Plans where you can contribute your own lesson plans.

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