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Posted by Quonya on 17 Apr 2013
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A weekend of celebrations have been planned nationally as part of the Year of Natural Scotland and the first John Muir Day in Scotland. For details of national events please see all the local events are listed below.
Friday 12th April to Sunday 29th December
My Boyhood and Youth exhibition
John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm (closed on Mon & Tue from 1st Oct to 29th Dec). Admission free.
Celebrating the centenary of the publication of the Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir. This exhibition explores John’s childhood in the mid 1800s. There are lots of hands on activities and contributions by several local groups throughout the year.
Saturday 20th April 10am – 12 noon or 3pm
Friends of John Muir Country Park
Tree planting and wetland planting
John Muir Country Park, Linkfield Car Park near Dunbar (next to the family farm park).
We will be planting a variety of native trees at Linkfield. Feel free to drop in during the morning. For those who would like to make it into a whole day out we will be planting wetland plants in the Seafield Pond area in the afternoon, finishing at around 3pm.
Don't forget to bring along some lunch if you are staying all day, warm clothes, waterproofs and sturdy foot wear! As always the ranger will provide tea and coffee with "Helga" the storm kettle!                                                           
Saturday 20th April 10am
John Muir Birthday Family Cycle Ride
Leaving the John Muir statue outside Dunbar Town House, High Street, Dunbar statue at 10am. Ride to John Muir Country Park for a quiz, art, fun and games. John Muir himself may even make an appearance.
Organiser - Gail Tel: 07920 461925  gail@sustaining
Talking Science Events
“Exploring the science of trees and gardens throughout Scotland”.
The Talking Science project is funded by Scottish Government. Celebrate John Muir’s 175th birthday with an appreciation of big specimen trees at each of our four Gardens. Consider the science of size, what growth rings can tell us, what’s growing above ground and how this relates to a changing climate.
Saturday 20th April 1pm – 4pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) , free entry and for all ages
This event will be held amongst our unique collection of specimen trees at the Garden’s famous John Muir Grove.  Visitors can discover why the Giant Redwoods, Oaks and Scots Pines are appreciated by so many.  They can talk to the Garden’s scientists about tree size, what growth rings can tell us and how what grows above ground relates to the changing climate. Visitors can also talk to John Muir’s Birthplace and John Muir Trust representatives.
Saturday 20th April 1pm – 4pm
Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, free with Garden admission.
The event will be held at Dawyck amongst its superb tree collection which dates back 300 years.  Visitors can meet lichenologist Sally Eaton, recent presenter of Channel 4’s Wild Things, and discover a new hidden natural world through looking at lichen and mosses close up.   Representatives of John Muir’s Birthplace and the John Muir Trust will be available for questions too.
Steep Trail
Wednesday 3rd April to Sunday 12th May
Open daily 1pm – 5pm, admission free
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, High Street, Dunbar
An exhibition of new work by artists Rania Ho (Beijing), Jonathan Owen (Edinburgh), Graeme Todd (Dunbar) and Wang Xieda (Shanghai) following the Steep Trails exchange between Scotland and China. The display will be complemented by drawings from John Muir after whom the project was named. Organisers: Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, Polarcap , Dunbar and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Tel: 01368 866030
Steep Trail - Contemporary Artists in the Footsteps of John Muir
Art workshop for children aged 7 – 12 years
Saturday 20 April 2pm – 4pm
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery, High Street, Dunbar
Artist Susan Mowatt introduces children to some of the ideas behind Rania Ho’s wallpaper work. By looking at some of the contemporary baking available on Dunbar’s High Street, they will make their own section of wallpaper using simple collage and monoprinting techniques. Please bring along an old shirt or apron if possible.
To book a place please contact the Arts Service on 0131 665 9900 or email
Celebrate John Muir Day
Sunday 21st April, 1pm-4pm
Lochend Woods, Kelly Road, Dunbar
Hosted by Dunbar Community Woodland Group in association with Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace and North Light Arts.
Come spend a relaxing afternoon in the company of friends, celebrating John Muir. Events for adults and children include John Muir Storytelling, Willow Dome Planting and Woodland Foraging. Refreshments available. Meet from 1-4pm at the gathering space around the old walnut tree, by the John Muir Stone off Kelly Road, Dunbar.
Steep Trail Artists Talk
Sunday 21st April, 2pm-4pm all welcome
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery
High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1ER
Informal tour of the exhibition with one of the exhibiting artists, Graeme Todd
as part of the 'Steep Trail' project, a 3 year collaboration between Polarcap, FCA&C and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Polarcap and East Lothian Arts Service.
Join us for afternoon tea to celebrate John Muir Day
Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace
Sunday 21st April, 4pm-5pm all welcome
John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ
Free but donations welcome
We will be celebrating Scotland’s first John Muir Day at the end of an exciting weekend of events at John Muir’s Birthplace. Come and join us for tea and cake and a chance to see the Boyhood & Youth exhibition which has a contribution from Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace and Dunbar & District History Society.
Tel: 01368 865899


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