Welcome to Year 3
Our classes are called Muir and Murie after two innovative and inspirational conservationists.
John Muir Margaret Murie
John Muir was known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks". He was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America. Originally, John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland on April 21 1838. His work involved the protection of many different wilderness areas including Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Parks. He valued nature and its ability to be a place to rest and inspire. These parks are now enjoyed by many visitors from across the world. He died on December 24 1914 and his legacy of protecting forest areas still continues today, including in schools through the 'John Muir Award'.
Margaret Murie was called "the Grandmother of the Conservationist Movement". She was a naturalist, author, adventurer and conservationist, born on August 18 1902. Murie helped in the passing of the Wilderness Act, and was instrumental in creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She was received the Audubon Medal, the John Muir Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. She died on October 19 2003.