John Muir’s birthday

photograph of John Muir

The Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement, John Muir was passionate about wild places. He explored them, wrote about them and campaigned to protect them.

Biography of John Muir.

John Muir Trust – a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK.

John Muir Association  – celebrate the life, share the vision, and preserve the legacy of John Muir through education, preservation, advocacy and stewardship, in partnership with the National Park Service at the John Muir National Historic Site in California.


Be Nice To Nettles Week

clump of nettles behind a mud kitchen, with the words 'be nice to nettles week' over the top

Celebrating the diverse range of benefits and positive impacts nettles can have on everyday life.

Sadly, the most recent online presence that we can find for Be Nice to Nettles week, is this website from 2014. But we think this celebration is one worth continuing!

The website has links to nettle natural history and usage, activities, games and more. We’d love to hear about your nettle actives – let us know via @MuddyFaces

More about nettles, from The Wildlife Trusts, here.

30 Days Wild

person walking through a meadow with the 30 days wild logo over the top and the question Can You Do Someting Wild Every Day For A Month?

“Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas – but you can make up your own, too!”

National Parks Week

Boy Jumping On A Wild Hillside

‘National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks – Britain’s breathing spaces.

There are events across the UK’s 15 National Parks, including many free family events. Choose your nearest Park on the National Park Website, and join in fun activities for all, including:

  • Family friendly adventures
  • Quirky adventures
  • Adventures for beginners
  • Walking routes
  • Family activities
  • Trail running
  • Cycle routes
  • Camping areas

There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walking, cycling and star-gazing.’


International Bat Night

Bat Finger Puppet

Bat Night has taken place every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries on the last full weekend of August.

Nature conservation agencies and NGOs from across Europe pass on information to the public about the way bats live and their needs with presentations, exhibitions and bat walks, often offering the opportunity to listen to bat sounds with the support of ultrasound technology. The general date is set for the last full weekend in August; however, local organisers sometimes choose other dates if more convenient.

Image: bat finger puppet, available from the Muddy Faces shop here.