The Legacy of John Muir

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”                                    – John Muir 

John Muir is regarded by many to be America’s most famous and influential conservationist as well as one of California’s most important historical figures. Muir wore many hats – he was a naturalist, a writer, an advocate of U.S. forest conservation and founder and president of the Sierra Club.  He is perhaps best known for helping to inspire and shape the conservationist policies of then-US president Theodore Roosevelt, ultimately resulting in the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.  

At the Muir Institute, we aim to honor the ongoing legacy of John Muir by applying his conservationist ideals and passion towards solving some of the 21st century’s most challenging environmental and climate problems.