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A unique set of ‘missions’ has been created to inspire people to follow in the footsteps of John Muir – a founding father of the modern conservation movement. It’s a little different to most Mission Explore publications, in that quotes from John Muir have been used to create the missions, e.g.
“The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
Your Mission: Get Windswept – Find a windy place and stay there until you feel good or your cheeks hurt. Write down how it makes you feel. (MEJM002)
A partnership between the John Muir Trust and Mission:Explore, a group of teachers, artists, activists and adventurers, has created Mission:Explore – John Muir, a free e-book featuring 20 activities that reflect the adventures and ethos of the Victorian Scot. It’s just great for any class project on John Muir and brings alive his character and personality.
Supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, it encourages individuals, groups and families of all ages to look, feel, walk, explore, draw, think and even dance in wild nature wherever they find it. Watch how a frog swims, get windswept, create a mini-National Park, and stare at the stars. Missions are illustrated by Tom Morgan Jones and populated with Muir quotes.
It ties in perfectly with Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and the theme of celebrating John Muir. There’s already interest across the UK and in America. Your ebook is free to download from Mission:Explore and John Muir Award web pages, and can be used on smart phones, laptops and tablets, or printed off and used in an old-fashioned way.
“Mission:Explore and the John Muir Award have so much in common. We’re both all about discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing, so making this book together made perfect sense. We had a great time making it and are sure that you’ll have an even better time doing each of the quirky adventures inside. Good luck!”
Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer at Mission:Explore, and Rob Bushby, John Muir Award Manager.
“These missions are great, you can really see the spark they’ve generated with teachers.”
Carol Walker, South Lanarkshire Outdoor Learning Development Officer
How to access the missions
Featuring 20 activities that reflect the adventures and ethos of the Victorian Scot, you can access the free Mission:Explore John Muir eBook or PDF in a number of ways:
eBook – on-line with Graphicly
eBook for iPhone or iPad – via ‘Mission Explore John Muir’ in iBooks, or Amazon
Download – as a printable PDF version (5.3MB) from the John Muir website
Find hundreds of other missions on the Mission:Explore website.
About The John Muir Trust
The JohnMuir Trust is the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. We love wild places and are dedicated to protecting and improving them for people and wildlife. Over 10,000 members support us in our work.
JMT currently own and look after some of the finest wild areas in the UK including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, part of the Cuillin on Skye, Quinag in Assynt and 3,000 acres on the remote Knoydart peninsula.
JMT manage the properties according to wild land management standards, which focus on habitat improvement and encouraging a more natural landscape and ecosystem.
The UK’s remaining wild land is disappearing under development at an unprecedented rate with implications for our environment, economy and quality of life. The John Muir Trust is campaigning for greater protection for wild land across the UK through its Wild Land Campaign.
Through the John Muir Award, the John Muir Trust encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Since 1997, more than 160,000 people across the UK have achieved an Award.
JMT takes the name and inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the pioneering, influential Scots-born American conservationist who was passionate about the wild. Muir dedicated his life to protecting wild places and he campaigned successfully for the establishment of National Parks to safeguard vast tracts of wild lands, including Yosemite Valley in California.
Mission:Explore is a collection of books created by the Geography Collective, a unique team of over 25 geographers, teachers, educators and artists who work together to help young people explore and see the world in new ways. It makes books full of illustrated challenges that aim to make children a little more confident, happy, empathetic and knowledgeable. They think that learning in the real world, in real places and about real issues are vital to any childhood.
Mission:Explore has won awards including National Trust & Hay Festival Outdoor Book of the Year 2011 and a Pink Stinks approved stamp for being gender neutral.
About Year of Natural Scotland 2013
The Year of Natural Scotland 2013 is the latest in a series of themed years for the Scottish Government. It aims to highlight Scotland’s stunning natural beauty and biodiversity, and promote opportunities for visitors and residents to enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly.