John Muir's birthday is April 21. Yes, the day before Earth Day! Celebrate the life of the legendary naturalist, explorer, writer, inventor and Sierra Club founder: use Google Earth to explore key places and events in Muir's life.
One of the most important figures in the history of conservation, Muir devoted his adult life to the preservation of wilderness and was instrumental in the creation of America's national parks. We've chosen ten places and events in Muir's life to highlight for the launch of our presentation. Among the places we explore:
1838 - Muir's birthplace in Scotland
1849 - His boyhood home in Wisconsin
1867 - The 'Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf'
1868 - Yosemite Valley
1871 - Hetch Hetchy Valley
1872 - Muir's ascent of Mt. Ritter
1879 - Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska
1880 - Muir's family home in Martinez, California
1880 - An adventure with Stickeen, the dog, in Alaska
1905 - Glacier Point with Teddy Roosevelt
Learn more about the father of our national parks and the founding president of the Sierra Club: visit the famous John Muir Exhibit. Curated by Muir expert Harold Wood, the site is the most comprehensive John Muir resource on the Internet. We'll be adding more to the Google Earth map, and integrating it into the Exhibit, in the future.